Manchester City’s 6-0 thrashing of West Ham in the Capital One Cup was inevitable, according to former Liverpool and England winger John Barnes.
Speaking at Football FanCast’s exclusive Capital One Cup LIVE Blog, the ex-Red asked just what chance did Sam Allardyce’s ailing side have against the likes of Negredo, Dzeko, Silva and Yaya Toure, adding that the growing chasm between the top five or six in the Premier League and the rest is becoming more prevalent by the day.
“It was to be expected because of the gap between the top Premier league teams and the rest – there’s no middle tier anymore,” Barnes said.
“What chance did West Ham have? The only chance they might have is if these players aren’t motivated or focused, but in a Semi-Final when the top players are hungry, there’s nothing West Ham can do.”
However, despite the mauling, Barnes still believes that Sam Allardyce is the right man for the job at Upton Park and that the fitness of his squad will be the key to their Premier League survival.
“West Ham must forget this result now if they are to survive,” he added.
“They need to get Andy Carroll fit, he lifts the whole team and the fans, and will get Upton Park excited again, which will be important if they are to pick up enough points to stay up.
“Big Sam is absolutely the right man for the job. He’s got the right experience, the right attitude, the right commitment and the right belief – more than any other team in the bottom six.”