West Ham’s 3-0 defeat against Southampton on Sunday condemned the Hammers to their worst start to a season since 2002, when they were relegated.
Slaven Bilic’s side were one of last season’s surprise packages, and their seventh-placed finish earned them a place in the Europa League qualifiers.
Now, having since lost five of their opening six Premier League matches, West Ham are surprising people for all the wrong reasons.
Here, we look at five reasons why it is all going wrong for the unhappy Hammers.
Furthermore, although it might seem ridiculous, West Ham did lose the occasional game at their old stadium as well. Many teams have taken time to adjust to their new surroundings after switching grounds and West Ham are certainly making it look difficult.
Of the rest, Simone Zaza is struggling to convert his viral video training ground efforts into Premier League points, while Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli and Arthur Masuaku frankly look out of their depth. Their exit from the Europa League has left the Hammers with a bloated squad full of average players.
Diafra Sakho’s move to West Brom fell through due to concerns over his fitness so he remains at the club, and you guessed it: he’s injured as well.
All of which makes the sale of James Tomkins to rivals Crystal Palace utterly baffling. Thankfully the experiment of playing Michail Antonio at right-back seems to be over.
Payet took the Premier League by storm last season but even he can’t win every game on his own. Perhaps teams are finding out that if you keep him quiet, there is not too much else to worry about.