Former West Ham star Glen Johnson made a worrying claim on the Hammers’ current problems while talking to the Daily Star.
The East London club sacked Manuel Pellegrini in December last year and handed the reins to David Moyes, who secured their survival in the top-flight in the 2017-18 season but was not offered a new contract.
However, the change of management has not brought any improvement at the London Stadium with the club mired in relegation.
Moyes’ side are winless in their previous five league matches, which includes defeats against Sheffield United, Leicester City, and Liverpool, following their promising start against Bournemouth. They are currently 18th at the Premier League table, sharing the same points with Watford while one behind Aston Villa.
They will now have to face a daunting run of fixtures over the next few weeks with Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton and Arsenal on the list.
The Hammers fans can take some consolation in the fact that their club have made some exciting signings in the January transfer window, including Tomas Soucek, Darren Randolph, and Jarrod Bowen.
But according to ex-West Ham defender Johnson, the Irons will have to perform exceptionally well to stay up in the Premier League by the end of this season.
He said as Daily Star:
“He (Bowen) is going to have a lot to learn. It will take time and hopefully he’ll be a great prospect a few years down the line.
“But I don’t think they can rely on him too soon.
“West Ham are going to have to perform in a way they haven’t done for three months against City today.
“The only chance they’ve got is if they find the level they found against Bournemouth.
“Not necessarily the level in terms of how they played, but the enthusiasm, energy and passion.
“If they get that back, they’ve got half a chance. But if they don’t, well, it doesn’t look good.”