Former West Ham United defender and fan favourite James Collins has been talking about the club’s plight and has predicted that Mark Noble may struggle to hold down a regular place in the Hammers side this season.

The veteran defender left the London Stadium at the end of last season after his contract with the Irons expired.

Collins, like the rest of us, has looked on from the outside as West Ham have lost all four of their first Premier League games and sit rooted to the bottom of the table.

Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield has been an area of major concern, with the Hammers outplayed and outfought so far this season by the opposition.

The West Ham boss seemingly does not know his best set-up in the heart of the team, with Noble not guaranteed a starting berth.

Collins has suggested that the Hammers captain could be set for time on the sidelines this term, while the former Iron has predicted a tough campaign for the club.

“I don’t think he fits what Pellegrini is looking for if I’m honest, not sure, Noble will obviously disagree but yeah it’s gonna be a tough season for us, I really feel it will be,” Collins said on Radio Five Live, as transcribed by Claret and Hugh.

Noble has lost the confidence of a section of the West Ham fans for some poor performances but one thing in his favour is the lack of viable alternatives in the current squad.

While the Hammers splashed the cash in the summer, the lack of reinforcements in midfield and the sale of Cheikhou Kouyate looks to have left Pellegrini short.