Mark Noble is convinced he is in the best form of his career

By Dominic Toner

Former Premier League defender Danny Higginbotham believes that West Ham don’t have enough leaders.

The Hammers were humiliated on Saturday by suffering a 5-1 home defeat against Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez netting an impressive hat-trick in the Premier League encounter.

Andy Carroll marked his return from injury with a consolation goal and the dressing room certainly need his big presence.

They have not won in all competitions since a 1-0 victory against Sunderland on 22 October and are just a point above the Premier league’s relegation zone in 17th.

Higginbotham claims that West Ham need players to pick the team up during a difficult period for the club.

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“West Ham have leaders — but not enough of them,” Higginbotham wrote in his column for the Sun. “They conceded three goals in six minutes on Saturday, two in two against Watford and two in seven minutes against West Brom.

“When they let a goal in, there are not enough people pulling the lads together and taking charge.”

West Ham have been extremely disappointing this season since their move to the London Stadium and too many of their players are not delivering.

Key players such as Mark Noble, Winston Reid and Dimitri Payet have the quality to steer the club away from the relegation places, but will need to lift the entire squad.

Slaven Bilic’s side finished seventh-placed in the league last season and it’s difficult to understand why their form has dropped so considerably.

The Hammers have struggled without a regular goalscorer and Carroll could prove to be a crucial player, if he can avoid his bad luck with injuries.

They face Liverpool away in their next game and can have a free hit at the game, but then have crucial matches against Burnley, Hull, Swansea and Leicester in the rest of December.

In other West Ham news, David Gold has revealed his disappointment with the club’s players against Arsenal.