West Ham star Marko Arnautovic needs more support according to Irons head coach Manuel Pellegrini, with the forward without a goal in his last eight club games.
The 29-year-old Austria international had already netted seven Premier League goals by early January, but has been unable to add to his tally since then.
That loss of form has coincided with a struggle to overcome a niggling knee injury, as well as Arnautovic having looked set to leave the Hammers to head to China.
However, Pellegrini feels the time is right for everyone associated with the club to join together and aid Arnautovic in his efforts to end the season on a positive note.
The Chilean admitted. "The fans are not happy, Marko is not happy, but this happens to players when they are not in their best moment.
"They need support more than punishment. Marko wants to do things better, he is absolutely involved with our team – China is over.
"Anyone thinking Marko doesn't want to be here, they are wrong. I repeat he is not in a good moment – he doesn't have the same support of the fans that he had six months ago, but with work and the right mentality then he will return."
Arnautovic and West Ham are back in action on Monday evening, when they make a visit to Stamford Bridge to take on capital rivals Chelsea.
The Irons are 17/2 to win the game, with Arnautovic priced at 3/1 to score at any time, while the Blues are available at 8/1 to secure a 1-0 victory.
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