'They need to get real' – Sky pundit issues stark warning to West Ham players
By Guy Giles
Paul Merson has warned West Ham’s players that they need to improve their attitude after striker Andy Carroll claimed they were too good to go down.
Carroll said this week that the players were not worried about relegation because there is too much quality in the dressing room, but Merson has warned him that there is no such thing.
Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “I have got news for him – I have seen a West Ham team 100-times better than this one go down.
“That 2003 team with Paolo Di Canio, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson and Les Ferdinand got relegated and you can’t tell me this one has anywhere near as much talent.”
West Ham find themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League after 11 games, and Slaven Bilic paid the price for their poor start when he was sacked last week.
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The club have brought in former Manchester United boss David Moyes as his replacement, with the Scot’s main task to be keeping the Hammers in England’s top division.
While Carroll may believe that the squad is too good to go down, Merson had some harsh words for the West Ham striker and warned that such a mentality is toxic.
He said: “They need to get out of the mentality that they are too good to go down. They need to get real. I don’t like that kind of talk at all.”
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