West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has told his team-mates that quality does not ensure survival, according to The Sun.
Despite West Ham spending big money this summer, Zabaleta knows they could still go down.
The Hammers have lost their opening four Premier League games, leaving them without a point going into the international break.
With West Ham stuck at the bottom of the league table, Zabaleta has fired a warning to his team-mates.
“We must fight”
Zabaleta has told his team-mates that they could still go down, despite having quality in the ranks.
The former Argentina international said: “We have seen good teams going down before so we must fight.
“We know we have got the quality in the team but the players need to put in good performances.”
Some West Ham players have been seriously underachieving this season. Given their talent, the Irons should not be stuck with no points after four matches.
But Zabaleta hits the nail on the head. Just because West Ham are good on paper, does not translate into success on the pitch.
“Fight” is so important here: it is time to show passion for the shirt and reward the fans with some good performances.
Are West Ham to good to go down?
No team is “too good” to go down. Many teams in Premier League history have gone down with teams that have been deemed “too good to go down”.
In fact, West Ham in 2002/03 – with the likes of Paolo Di Canio, Jermain Defoe, Trevor Sinclair, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole – went down with a high quality squad.
If the players do not put the effort in and produce the goods, then West Ham will be in trouble.
The Hammers definitely have enough quality to stay up, but that needs to translate onto the pitch.