By Dominic Toner

Simone Zaza struggled against Southampton on Sunday – and the West Ham supporters were highly critical of the forward on Twitter.

The 25-year-old played 90 minutes in the Premier League defeat as the Hammers slipped to a 3-0 result, which is their fifth loss in the opening six games.

Goals from Charlie Austin, Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse meant that Southampton eased to the three points.

Zaza completed 90 minutes in the league for the first time this season and failed to seriously threaten Fraser Forster in goal.

The club’s supporters have reacted furiously on Twitter to the performance of the striker and believe he should be dropped from the team.

Zaza has become the club’s first-choice striker since his summer arrival, with Andy Carroll currently sidelined through injury and youngster Ashley Fletcher still developing.

The Italian joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Juventus with a view to a permanent £20milloin move if he makes a certain amount of appearances.

He is yet to score in his first four appearances for the club and will be desperate to change that in his next match.

The Italy international infamously missed a penalty at Euro 2016, when he blazed the ball over the net after a stuttering run-up.

Slaven Bilic’s side face Middlesbrough in their next game and will be under severe pressure to end their recent form.

In other West Ham team news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to the defeat against Southampton.