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 is not interested, he's not good enough and doesn't work hard enough as a lone striker for the team
— ⚒ Willis ⚒ (@jwhufc87) September 25, 2016
Zaza is actually woeful! What a waste of time! Bore off back to Italy
— Holly Witts ✌ (@HollyW18) September 25, 2016
@SimoneZaza is absolute ???? .He's had enough games now to do something. Fletcher does more in 30secs than Zaza does in 90mins
— iCraveWHU (@iCraveWHU) September 25, 2016
The strikers who we should have gone for are all off the mark but zaza couldn't hit a barn door @davidgold
— Whufc Fan (@AnotherWhufcFan) September 25, 2016
Zaza, the world class striker that was promised to us…
— Mylan (@mylantsj) September 25, 2016
I cant work out where to start with problems for the Hammers at the mo, missing the big guy up top, hope hes back soon. Zaza not the answer
— Chris Wilkins (@nelsonchris82) September 25, 2016
Zaza can Cha Cha back to Juventus.
— ⚒ Ⓔⓓⓓ ⚒ (@LedZepEdd) September 25, 2016
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.