Tony Cascarino criticised West Ham stand-in goalkeeper Roberto as well as three flair players after Manuel Pellegrini’s side lost 3-0 to Burnley on Saturday.
In the Times, Cascarino took aim at playmakers Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini for their lack of contribution of late, taking some of the blame off the Spanish stopper.
He said: “While I cannot remember a poorer performance from a goalkeeper in a Premier League match than Roberto’s display at Burnley on Saturday, he is not the sole reason for their downturn. West Ham are easily undone at set pieces.
“Flair players, such as Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson have gone missing too often. Pellegrini has credit in the bank but, with matches against Tottenham and Chelsea next, his position could be under more scrutiny.”
TBR’s View – West Ham have fallen apart since Manchester United victory
When West Ham beat Manchester United 2-0 without even playing well, they looked to be a team on the up, with a squad full of attacking options and a mean defence.
Since then, their form has fallen off a cliff and they have been eliminated from the EFL Cup by Oxford United, showing that the soft underbelly which has dogged them for years has not yet gone away.
That’s the issue Cascarino is raising with the flair players; Pellegrini has got a better calibre of player in terms of quality but not consistency and resilience.
Coupled with a goalkeeper who creates confusion and doubt throughout the team, it’s a recipe for a nightmare and they need to clamber away from 16th place in the Premier League as soon as possible.