By Amir Mir
Don Hutchison has slammed West Ham duo Gokhan Tore and Arthur Masuaku by claiming they are “nowhere near Premier League standard”.
Winger Tore sealed a reported £2.5 million loan move from Besiktas to the Hammers in July, while left-back Masuaku signed from Olympiacos on a four-year deal at the end of August.
Tore, 24, has played four league games for Slaven Bilic’s side this term providing one assist, but has failed to complete 90 minutes so far.
Masuaku, 22, has started five league games for the Irons this season, but missed his side’s 3-0 defeat against Southampton last Sunday through injury.
The Lille-born defender gave away a comical handball in the penalty area during his last league outing, where West Brom thrashed their opponents 4-2 by scoring all their goals in 56 minutes.
Ex-Hammers midfielder Hutchison criticised the duo’s ability, but praised £20million summer signing Andre Ayew who is currently sidelined through injury.
“Unfortunately, they’ve gone out early to Astra Giurgiu and now they are left with players who are not up to Premier League standard,” Hutchison told bwin.
“Andre Ayew I think is up to the level, but the likes of Gokhan Tore and Arthur Masuaku are nowhere near Premier League and West Ham standards.”
Bilic side have lost five out of their last six games in all competitions, including being knocked out of the Europa League qualifier to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu for a second season in a row.
In the league the Irons are in the relegation zone with only three points to their name, having lost their previous four league fixtures.
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough travel to the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to inflict a fifth straight league defeat on the east London club.
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