Darren Bent has blasted Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and suggested he is facing the axe against West Ham this weekend.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the French international does not offer anything in the middle of the park and that he should be replaced by Andre Gomes after the Portuguese star’s return from injury.

Schneiderlin has started the last four of the Toffees’ Premier League games, while Gomes came back from three games out as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley.

Bent says that the 29-year-old offers very little in the middle of the park and that Gomes should take his place alongside Fabian Delph if he has fully recovered from his recent setback.

“For me, Schneiderlin offers nothing,” Bent told Football Insider.

“He doesn’t offer anything, does nowhere near enough for me so I think it’s got to be them two because Delphy will give you the option where he can play, get on the ball, make tackles, do what he needs to do.

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“Andre Gomes has got that X-factor, that bit of quality.” 

Schneiderlin was sent off on the first day of the season for Everton after two yellow cards versus Crystal Palace, making an immediate return to the side after his one-game suspension.

He has played in all but two of the Toffees’ Premier League games this campaign with manager Marco Silva forced to rotate between his midfield options as a result of their respective fitness levels.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills says that one under-the-radar senior player is set to be “massive” for Silva and his side.