Pablo Zabaleta, who recently joined West Ham from Manchester City, has encouraged his new club to change their mindset so that they can win a major trophy for the first time since 1980.
Whilst speaking to the West Ham official website Zabaleta said, “It’s time for this football club to have that strong, winning mentality to believe that you can achieve important things.
“With domestic competitions, of course the Premier League is hard, but the FA Cup and EFL Cup are about seven games, you need to perform well and it’s only one game at a time, and that’s the right and winning mentality you need to achieve.
“This is something that I personally, from my point of view, think West Ham need to believe. As players, we can give the fans something to really enjoy.
“The last FA Cup final was 2006 against Liverpool, that game they lost on penalties, and it’s been eleven years, so it’s been a long time and we need that confidence and that belief as players, fans, the Board and everyone to make sure we can perform well enough to at least win something in the next few years.”
The Hammers were largely disappointing last season and failed to build upon their seventh place achieved during the 2015/16 season.
Zabaleta joined the East London club after being released from Manchester City at the end of the season.
After a successful nine year spell with City, Zabaleta is no stranger to winning major trophies and has been part of the City squad who claimed two Premier League titles as well as League Cups and one FA Cup.
The acquisition of Zabaleta by the Hammers will certainly provide much needed quality and leadership to the defence.