Pundit hits out at Lucas Paqueta after what he's just seen at West Ham
Noel Whelan has claimed West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta must learn from his below-par display during the “frenetic” loss against Everton on Sunday (18 September).
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old will not get as much time on the ball as he did for former side Lyon.
Paqueta made his second Premier League start since joining West Ham last month but was substituted after 62 minutes as his side fell to a 1-0 away defeat against Everton.
As per Sofascore, the Brazil international lost possession seven times, failed to complete a dribble and won just two of his 11 duels during the match.
West Ham reportedly paid Lyon £51million to secure the midfielder’s services last month – a club-record outlay.
Whelan insisted the “spotlight” is now on Paqueta after his big-money arrival at the London Stadium.
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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Welcome to the Premier League, young man.
“You don’t have time on the ball, especially when you’re away at Everton – a team looking for their first win.
“It was always going to be a frenetic game, and that midfield area was a key area.
“It wasn’t the easiest game to throw him into. It might have been a game in which you need a bit more experience.
“But when you’re looking to get points on the board as West Ham are, and you’ve paid a lot of money for that player – he’s got to get that opportunity.
“It’s an experience he has to learn from. The spotlight is on him because of the money West Ham paid.
“There’s no doubt he has quality, but that was a really difficult game to stamp your authority on.
“You’re not going to get as much time on the ball in the Premier League as you are abroad.”