With former Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini in charge, and new signings such as Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson, you'd be forgiven for thinking that West Ham players would put in a decent effort in a friendly against Ipswich Town.
But nah, not Cheikhou Kouyaté.
The midfielder was heavily criticised by Hammers fans last season and they're still gobbing off about him over the summer following another shoddy display against the Tractor Boys.
Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Arthur Masuaku are the only players who stood out during the match, as the Hammers scraped by with a 2-1 victory in Suffolk.
Fans are hoping that the midfielder won't be around much longer...
Could it be Kouyate's last game in a West Ham shirt? I reckon so— Tony lammy (@Lammy5555) July 28, 2018
Hope that’s the last time I see Kouyate in a West Ham shirt— jh⚒ (@JoeHarri5) July 28, 2018
I was hoping this game was to put Kouyate in the shop window but we couldn’t give him away after that half.— Nathaniel John (@Nathaniel_John) July 28, 2018
Kouyate rated at £15 mill is a joke, I know Football is a business, but for effs sake get rid of him, if this performance is his ‘shop window’ we’d be lucky to get a kit kat and a set of tracksuits for him— Jim Green (@jimgreen66) July 28, 2018
'Bloody Kouyate is non existent' - Fairs. Might be worth keeping him around though, as Jack Wilshere's knee will probably be non-existent again in a couple of weeks.
We’re struggling defensively because bloody Kouyate is non existent.— IronsmanJP (@IronsManJP) July 28, 2018
So Kouyaté has been rubbish and it's all London Stadium's fault, apparently. *Starts petition to rebuild Upton Park so Kouyaté can play well again.*
Kouyate is rubbish. Has been since we left UP.— IronsmanJP (@IronsManJP) July 28, 2018
The club have been urged to do their bit for charity and chip in to help build Woy's Cwystal Palace squad.
Can we not just donate Kouyate to palace? As like a good will gesture?— Janet Mush (@KaneScott88) July 28, 2018
The, er, underperforming central midfielder has been linked with a move away over recent weeks. Crystal Palace are said have entered negotiations with the Hammers for the Senegalese midfield enforcer.
Meanwhile, he has also been linked with a move to Porto, with a recent report claiming that he is in talks with the Portuguese side.
Well, now we know that both Palace and Porto obviously don't have much of a scouting budget...but West Ham fans will be hoping the club can palm him off somewhere.