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West Ham must put in performances worthy of new squad’s quality – Lukasz Fabianski

By Ben Green

Published: 12:02, 21 August 2019

West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski believes the club’s recent transfer activity will count for nothing if they cannot perform as a collective unit.

Across the past two summer windows the Hammers have smashed their transfer record on three separate occasions, with the signings of Issa Diop, Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller.

What’s behind West Ham’s nervy start? Five things to know…

  • Having broken their transfer record once again this summer, some pundits have backed West Ham to challenge the established top six.
  • West Ham have been bolstered by the likes of Haller and Fornals.
  • However, Pellegrini saw his side humbled 5-0 by Man City on matchweek one of the new Premier League season.
  • That was then followed up by a lukewarm draw against Brighton.
  • Fabianski has now rejected the idea of individual quality shining through and has called for a collective response.

Despite Manuel Pellegrini lavishly bolstering his ranks in recent windows, the east London club have underperformed in their opening two matches of the new season.

A 5-0 capitulation at the hands of Manchester City preceded a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Brighton at the weekend, and Fabianski believes the quality West Ham have invested in counts for nothing if they don’t back it up with performances.

“Quality-wise, we have a very decent team and squad,” he told the club’s official website. “But it is about performances.

“You cannot only look at the names of the players in the team. You have to perform every single week. That is what we are going to be judged by. It is all about the performances.”

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‘We bounced back against Brighton’

Despite much of the match-going West Ham fanbase lamenting the draw against Graham Potter’s new-look Brighton side, Fabianski believes the club showed tremendous spirit to bounce back from the thrashing wreaked upon them by City.

He added: “We tried to put more pressure on the players on the ball. That was one of the issues we struggled with against City. It is almost impossible to do it for 90 minutes but there were times when we put pressure on Brighton and that helped us defend better.

“To lose at home in such a manner, conceding five goals, it was not nice so you always want to bounce back as soon as you can. That is what we did.

“It was maybe not the best football we have played over 90 minutes but there were some little patches in the game that we can be pleased with. Hopefully that will help us develop more going into the season.”