West Ham are suffering from a divided dressing room at the moment, according to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
The Hammers are currently on a winless run of seven in the Premier League, and Robinson believes that disharmony in their ranks is making things worse.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’s hard, players suffer dips in form and it’s very, very hard when you’re not in form and you’re playing in a team that’s not playing well either – it’s not just a team that aren’t playing well, the team are awful at the moment.
“There’s nobody working for each other. There looks to be a divide between manager and players and a divide between certain players as well. It just doesn’t look like a harmonious dressing room at the moment.”
This is a fairly bold claim to make from a club outsider, but having watched West Ham over the course of this winless run, it’s difficult to argue with Robinson. We’re a long way removed from the side who were flying high at the start of the campaign, and certain players have gone missing entirely. The most obvious example is the goalkeeper, Roberto, who has been a walking calamity ever since he took over from Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks. He may be averaging just shy of five saves a game, as per Whoscored, but he is making error after error that is costing his side big on a regular basis. That’s simply not good enough, and given the general lack of motivation that seems to have pervaded the squad in recent times, he isn’t the only one with a problem. Maybe Robinson is bang on the money. If he is, does Manuel Pellegrini have it in his locker to heal the rift? At the moment, it doesn’t look as if he does.