Paul Robinson says it appears as though West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta is starting to struggle with his role at the London Stadium.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper says that as an older player it is difficult to adapt to playing when you are in and out of the side.
Zabaleta has started just two of the club’s last 10 Premier League games, Ryan Fredericks the first-choice right-back under David Moyes.
Robinson says that coming in and out of the side is tough for any player to adapt to but even more so when you are a 35-year-old veteran like Zabaleta.
Robinson told Football Insider: “It’s difficult when you’re an older player, he’s not had a lot of game time and it’s hard to come in and out when you’re older.
“He came on in the FA Cup, I saw that game at Gillingham, and he looked fine, he looked fit, he looked ready to play but as an older player it’s very difficult to come into a team as a player and be fully match fit, play one match every so often.
“As you get older it gets a lot more difficult and I think that’s something that Zabaleta’s found.”
The Argentine as a total of 10 appearances under his belt his season, seven of those outings coming in the Premier League.
He has a total of 300 top-flight outings to his name for West Ham and Manchester City.