West Ham goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez has been savaged for looking “like he’s won a competition” to play.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan ripped into the Spaniard following his latest performance in today’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.
The pressure on Manuel Pellegrini has gone up another level or two following an abject performance from his side that left them rooted in 16th in the table ahead of the rest of the Premier League fixtures.
There were ironic cheers from the West ham fans for Roberto during the game as he failed to stop goals from Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.
He looked especially culpable for the opener from Son, as he was beaten too easily at his near post.
“Roberto makes way too many blunders for a Premier League keeper,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Defenders need to trust the man behind them and you can tell none of the West Ham players trust him.
“Roberto looks like he’s won a competition to go in goal, he’s that bad.
“He’s awful at set pieces and can’t deal with crosses. His decision-making is all over the place. He makes good saves but a keeper needs to be able to do far more than that at Premier League level.
“West Ham look so defensively weak, just like the did against Burnley.”
Roberto has now conceded 14 goals from the six Premier League games he’s started since taking over from the injured Lukasz Fabianski in goal.
The Spaniard was given the nod to start again today as Pellegrini once again ignored the credentials of third-choice keeper David Martin.