By Darren Bent

10th Nov, 2019 | 3:25pm

Exclusive: Bent suggests Pellegrini give West Ham player 'confidence' boost by axing teammate

Darren Bent suggested that West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini consider axing goalkeeper Roberto and giving his first-team spot to David Martin instead.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Sunderland forward claimed that with Roberto costing the Hammers games then perhaps it was time to hand Martin a confidence boost by utilising him.

Roberto has played six times for the Hammers in the Premier League this season and alongside failing to keep a clean sheet, has conceded 12 goals in the process.

Bent admitted that the Hammers had to stick with Roberto due to having no one else before changing his mind to claim that perhaps West Ham should use their third-choice keeper in the coming weeks.

When asked about Roberto’s nightmare display against Burnley on Saturday, Bent told Football Insider: “They’ve got to stick with him cause they’ve have no one else, actually maybe they should utilise their third-choice keeper just to give him confidence as at the minute Roberto Jimenez is costing them games.”

The Hammers’ current third-choice keeper is Martin after the Englishman opted to join the Hammers in the summer on a free transfer upon his Millwall contract expiring.

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Martin is yet to feature for the Hammers but has made the bench for the club’s last five league games after previously not making the matchday squad for the first seven Premier League matches of the season.

The 33-year-old has never featured in the Premier League before, despite having a stint at Liverpool, but did keep 15 clean sheets across the 48 appearances he made in the Championship during his career.

In other West Ham news, Paul Robinson has savaged the all-round play of one Hammers star.