John Carver says he’s “worried” about Newcastle United.
The club is bottom of the Premier League with five games played.
Steve McClaren’s side were beaten 2-0 by West Ham United at Upton Park on Monday night.
And Carver – who was the club’s interim head coach in the second half of last season as it fought relegation – is concerned about its plight just months after his departure.
Defender Daryl Janmaat was Newcastle’s best attacking player in east London.
And Carver told beIN Sports: “We talk about Daryl Janmaat getting three shots, but on the other side, (Massadio) Haidara was quite progressive.
“Your two most progressive players in the team were your full-backs – that has to be a concern. It has to be a worry.”
McClaren has been attempted to implement a new style of football since succeeding Carver in the summer.
Carver said: “They have to start and get players running beyond.
“When you play this Tiki-taka football – where you keep the ball,you keep the ball – it is dead easy for West Ham just to get back in that solid shape.”