Being out of form is one problem - but players offering less than one hundred per cent committment is another issue entirely.Yet according to former West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan, that's exactly what he witnessed during West Ham's 3-2 defeat at home to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
The 37-year-old ex-midfielder, who spent four years at the club between 2011 and 2015 was back in London as co-commentator for the weekend's big London derby.
And Nolan, who was always fully committed as a player himself was shocked at what he he saw as the game progressed towards its inevitable end.
"I think there have been about three 50/50 tackles," he said as the match progressed. "And I promise you now, every time a Tottenham player has won it and the West Ham fans have gone absolutely mental.
"They [West Ham supporters] want to see someone putting their foot through it and winning the ball. Not trying to injure a player, but just showing that they want to play for West Ham."
Nolan's comments regarding West Ham's lack of effort and cohesion were echoed by another former midfielder Paul Ince, who was equally concerned by what he saw from Pellegrini's team.
"They were devoid of ideas, they were disorganised in the back four, lacked legs in midfield and if they're paying £45million for Haller there's definitely problems there," he told BT.
"When Michail Antonio came on in the second half they looked a better team - but they're now fourth from bottom and this is a team they've spent a lot of money on.
"They missed Lanzini and Yarmolenko is out of sorts. There's a lot of issues at West Ham and that performance today was inept. They never looked like winning the game, they looked nervous and lacking in confidence.
"They're really struggling, big time."
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