Former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton has blamed the club’s transfer business for the mess that the club find themselves in.
Slaven Bilic’s side were hoping to build on last season’s seventh-place finish when they moved into the London Stadium in the summer.
It has not gone to plan, though, as the team have only won nine of their 31 Premier League games, losing 16 and drawing six.
A 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night extended the club’s losing run to five consecutive matches, which has worryingly dropped them into a relegation fight.
The East London outfit currently reside five points above the bottom three with seven games left to play.
While speaking to talkSPORT, Ashton claimed that the club’s recruitment policy let them down this season because they did not target the right kind of players.
Across the summer and January windows, West Ham did business for 13 players, bringing in the likes of Andre Ayew, Arthur Masuaku, Edimilson Fernandes, Simon Zaza, Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass.
Ashton believes that the damage was already done in the summer. He told talkSPORT:
“The recruitment hasn’t been good enough – it is as simple as that. They have brought in players for the Europa League. They were thinking they were going to be in Europe so they brought in players that would supplement the squad who had played European football.
“When they crashed out they had to play these players because of injuries. The squad is nowhere near good enough.”