Stanislas backs Hammers to bounce back

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Bournemouth attacking midfielder Junior Stanislas believes his former club, West Ham United, will bounce back from a poor start to the season.

Stanislas' club started the weekend just one point above the Hammers, but the midfielder's 23rd-minute strike saw Bournemouth beat high-flying Everton 1-0, while West Ham slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

The winger backed Slaven Bilic to turn things around, though, while speaking on Alan Brazil's Sports Breakfast on Talksport.

"They have bought quite a few players," he said, when asked why West Ham were struggling. "They had a fantastic season last year, and I’m sure they’ll pick up. They will like to do that as soon as possible, though."

West Ham's struggles appear to have been exacerbated by the move away from the Boleyn Ground to the larger London Stadium.

The Hammers' last league win came against Bournemouth on Matchday 2, and since then they have suffered defeat to Manchester City, Watford, West Brom and Southampton.

Next up for West Ham is a clash against Premier League new boys Middlesborough, who are 15th in the standings, two points above the London club.