Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to get rid of Marko Arnautovic for his “disgraceful” attitude since failing to get a January transfer to China.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker explained why he has been appalled by the Austria international’s conduct after pushed hard to engineer a mid-season transfer.
Arnautovic scored twice for the Hammers in their 3-0 weekend win over Southampton, his first goals for the club since 5 January.
Whelan claimed the double only served to illustrate what a huge disappointment Arnautovic has been in the second half of the season.
“If he was my teammate, I would want him out,” Whelan said. “Where’s he been since January? Sulking and going missing in action. Get rid of him, he’s a disgrace.”
“His lack of professionalism has made him West Ham’s weakest link. You can imagine the rest of the players looking at him and thinking, ‘if you want to go, then go’.
“Sure, he’s a very talented player who’s a real handful for defenders when he’s in the mood. But you can’t rely on him. Get him out.”
Arnautovic signed a contract extension at West Ham at the end of January to temporarily put to bed rumours about his future after a Chinese club had tabled a £35m bid for him.
The 30-year-old has scored 10 goals from 29 matches this season but he has only completed two league matches since early January.
In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has tipped a Hammers player to join Liverpool.