Paul Robinson has blasted Pablo Fornals for his hand in Jonjo Shelvey’s equaliser as Newcastle United rescued a point against West Ham last weekend.
The former Leeds United and Spurs number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that if the 24-year-old continues to defend in such a manner it could cost the Hammers in the fight against relegation.
David Moyes’s side started brightly and opened the scoring after just four minutes – Michail Antonio with his second goal in as many games.
The visitors were pegged back by a Miguel Almiron goal but regained the lead in the second-half when Tomas Soucek volleyed home from a corner.
However, the lead did not last long, just two minutes later Shelvey equalised after Fornals played Dwight Gayle, who assisted the goal, onside after failing to step up with the rest of the defence.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Newcastle’s second goal, Robinson said: “Fornals has undoubted talent but you do not need that from a player when you are at the bottom of the league, in a predicament.
“When a player does not track back, like that, it can cost you – as it proved.
“You cannot have that with players, especially when you are fighting against relegation. You cannot afford to have any passengers.”
The game would finish 2-2 and keeps the Hammers 16th, four points above the relegation zone.
Fornals moved to the London Stadium last summer in a £25million deal from Villarreal.
In other West Ham news, Keith Hackett rages at match footage which brings game into ‘disrepute’.
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