Former West Ham striker Craig Bellamy has admitted his concern about the team’s lack of intensity during their first three Premier League games.
The Hammers are currently languishing at the foot of the league table following three successive defeats, conceding 10 goals in the process.
Their last game, the 3-0 loss at Newcastle United, has left the former Wales striker worried ahead of Monday’s game against Huddersfield Town.
With the game now a must-win for Slaven Bilic and his team, Bellamy has said they will need to compete on the pitch from the very first whistle if they are to end their dismal start to the campaign.
“I am worried,” Bellamy said on Sky Sports’ The Debate. “The intensity and their play concerns me, especially against Newcastle.
“Newcastle played with very good quality, but they ran them off the park. That would worry me.
“They were first to everything and if they didn’t win the first ball, they would win the second ball. That would concern me.
“West Ham have always had talented players, that is part of their makeup, but you have to compete.
“The lack of that at this present moment, I do like Slaven [Bilic] a lot and I’ve spent time with him, but that would be my biggest concern, the intensity in this team at the present moment.”
Former manager Sam Allardyce also spoke of his worry for the club after slipping to three successive defeats.
“It’s all about defending,” Allardyce said. “If you do not defend as a team you will always be at the bottom of the league.
“It’s doesn’t matter how many you score, you’ve got to stop the goals going in if you’re to do anything in the league.
“You need to have the best defensive record you can as a base.”
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