Carl Jenkinson lauded the performance of his teammates on the back of Monday night’s comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United, who now sit bottom of the Premier League.
On loan Arsenal right back Jenkinson believes the new signings at Upton Park show the Hammers intentions and ambitions in the near future with greater success on the horizon.
Jenkinson said: “All the boys who have come in are good players. We have made some top class signings and that is only going to strengthen our squad and our team. The club have high aspirations and they have brought the sort of calibre of player that you need to bring in if you want to progress.”
Playmaker Dimitri Payet, a £10.7million signing from Marseille, bagged himself a brace as the French international tormented the Magpies all night.
“He is a very talented player,” said Jenkinson. “It was great for him to get a couple of goals in front of the home fans. I think people know what he is all about. He is a fantastic player and it is great to play with him and especially when he played as he did today.”
This was the Hammers first home win of the season, and second consecutive Premier League win after last week’s emphatic 3-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield. Getting that first win in front of the home support at the Boleyn Ground was critical and manager Slaven Bilic’s new attacking style of play was the key ingredient for inflicting defeat against Steve McClaren’s men, according to Jenkinson.
Jenkinson said: “Of course, we haven’t done that before today and it is always nice to win in front of the home fans and I am sure they enjoyed tonight.
“It is exciting to play in a team like that. We have got a lot of power and ability going forward and it is about utilising that.
“Sometimes they played into our hands today, when we went ahead, because we didn’t have to play silly, we just held it up and then hit them when we could, but I think that style of play suits us when you look at the type of player we have brought in, that is the way we want to play.”
West Ham face their toughest game of the season on Saturday as they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face a formidable Manchester City who have a 100% record so far and are yet to concede a goal.
But Jenkinson insisted that West Ham have nothing to fear and can go into the early evening fixture fully confident of getting something from the Premier League title favourites.
Jenkinson explained: “It is good. It has been very up and down so far this season, but we are in a good place in the table, we just have to build on that now. It is all about consistency in this league and trying to get a run of results together that has to be the aim.”
“We can afford to go there with no fear at the moment, looking at the teams we have beaten already this season. People are not expected to go there and win, it is not easy, but we will go there optimistic, hopeful and play with no fear.”