Hold on before we get too carried away in our disappointment!
Slaven Bilic made eight changes to a team that hadn’t played very well on Sunday and although he’s too big a character to blame the injury crisis we have to realise the man’s in a dreadful position.
I’ve read all sorts of stuff about players not being good enough and if I’m honest I haven’t been over impressed with some of the signings.
But several were brought in – like Tore for example – on short term deals because we thought we’d be in Europe. We needed bodies and that was the only reason they are here.
What happened last night was the result of players who aren’t used to life at the club being thrown together after a couple of training sessions and although many will say they should have beaten the Romanians, life in this game isn’t always like that.
EIGHT CHANGES! That is not easy to handle at this stage of the season.
Beyond that I still think there may be a hangover from the Chelsea match where although we didn’t play well we were so close to a draw and that could have made a huge difference to our attitude and confidence levels.
It’s a huge frustration to have gone out of the competition though but being absolutely honest I have to say that if it was a choice between losing on Sunday or last night I would have taken the Astra defeat.
There’s lots of talk about a new striker arriving and Wilfried Bony’s name has been mentioned but I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole.
Good player at Swansea but his body language and attitude since arriving at City has been wrong for me and his move to China in January tell me a lot. It looks to be all about “show me the money.”
I hope and believe we will get Simone Zaza despite our exit from the Europa League. The guy will relish the opportunity of playing in the PL and the money is far greater than in Serie A.
Slaven is already facing the biggest challenge of his West Ham career and needs players back quickly so let’s not start rushing to judgement.
Things will improve and I trust the man!