Chris Sutton: This West Ham ace has not turned up this season
By Amir Mir
Chris Sutton believes West Ham ace Dimitri Payet has not turned up this season after his side were humiliated 5-1 by Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
Slaven Bilic’s side are struggling in the Premier League this term as they are one point and one place above the relegation zone after 14 games.
Hull City, who occupy a relegation spot, travel to Middlesbrough on Monday night and they could leapfrog the east London outfit with a win.
After the defeat to the Gunners, Bilic said he felt “humiliated” by the result as he questioned his player’s desire both on the pitch and in training.
Former Celtic and Blackburn striker Sutton was critical of the Irons after they suffered their eighth defeat of the season and he provided a very honest verdict on their France international.
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“Alarm bells are ringing at West Ham when your manager is questioning your commitment and your intensity,” said Sutton on Match of the Day.
“They are all over the place defensively, Payet has not turned up this season, they’ve had injuries, missing a centre-forward and they have big games coming up.”
Payet played the full match against Arsenal and provided the assist for the Hammers only goal of the game.
In the Premier League this term, he has scored one goal and supplied seven assists in 12 games, but he has not found the back of the net since October.
Bilic’s side also have the second worst defensive record in the league with 29 goals conceded from 14 games, only Swansea, who have conceded nine in their last two, have shipped in more goals.
The Irons will now travel to Anfield next Sunday to take on Jurgen Klopp’s high flying Liverpool at Anfield.
In other West Ham team news, the Hammers are sinking fast after their humiliating defeat against Arsenal.