Paul Robinson pleaded with West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini to axe goalkeeper Roberto as he claimed his fortunes aren’t going to improve.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham goalkeeper admitted he felt sorry for Roberto and insisted Pellegrini had to drop him regardless of his other options.
The 33-year-old keeper has played seven times in the Premier League this season and has conceded 15 goals while failing to keep a clean sheet.
Robinson suggested that Roberto was a bag of nerves between the sticks and that with the crowd getting on his back then he needs to be rescued from the firing line.
“He can’t just leave Roberto in there, I feel sorry for him, Pellegrini has to take him out,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“I think the manager has to take him out regardless of it if you put Martin in or someone from the U-23s, he has to change it.
“He is devoid of confidence, he doesn’t want the ball anywhere near him, you can see he is a bag of nerves, whatever he is trying to do it just doesn’t work.
“Unfortunately, when you get in situations like that as a keeper and the crowd are on your back, there’s not a lot you can do.
“It’s a very very difficult situation and he needs to be taken out of the firing line straight away.”
The Spanish shot-stopper was signed from Espanyol in the summer on a free transfer and has started to feature reguarly for Pellegrini’s side due to first-choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski suffering an injury.
Roberto may not have managed a clean sheet in the Premier League for the Hammers but he did rack one up one against Newport County in the EFL Cup before conceding 4 goals against Oxford United in the same tournament.