Considering his big impact at the club last season, the stuttering start to life in the London Stadium will undoubtedly have come as a shock to Slaven Bilic.
The Croatian coach was the darling of East London last term, though is under intense pressure already amid a plethora of problems on and off the pitch.
Such is the nature of life in the Premier League, the former Besiktas boss will now see every decision analysed with extra scrutiny as he looks to get things back on track.
That’s been no different in the curious case of Sam Byram.
The 22-year-old was a highly rated prospect with Leeds United, though has struggled since moving to the Irons back in January.
With problems at full-back, Bilic’s decision not to start him has sparked debate on social media, with many believing he doesn’t trust Byram enough.
Deploying Havard Nordviet in an unfamiliar role in the backline, Hammers fans can’t seem to believe Byram’s prolonged absence.
Slaven Bilic really doesn't rate Sam Byram. Weird, because Håvard Nordtveit hasn't exactly impressed. #whufc
— Daniel Prescott (@DanielDPrescott) September 25, 2016
Byram dont have a future at West Ham, Bilic does not like him. He dont like much youngster's to be honest.
— Jason O'Connor (@Jayoconnor8) September 25, 2016
Bilic must hate Byram
— Christian Roberts (@ChistianRoberts) September 25, 2016
— WHUFC Bulletin (@whufcbulletin) September 25, 2016