Redknapp slams West Ham player for being like a kid in the playground

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Jamie Redknapp has slammed Michail Antonio for “being like a kid in the playground” during West Ham’s defeat to Southampton on Sunday.

The Hammers’ horror start to the season continued as they fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Claude Puel’s team at the London Stadium.

Sky Sports pundit Redknapp was highly critical of Antonio’s failure to track Ryan Bertrand’s run in the build-up to Southampton’s opening goal at the London Stadium.

The Saints left-back drove forward with the ball late in the first half but West Ham right-sided midfielder Antonio failed to stay with him and Bertrand laid on the cross that Charlie Austin converted to put the visitors 1-0 up.

“We praised Antonio before the match but here he is like a kid in the playground,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ Super Sunday programme at half-time of the London Stadium clash. “He is jogging around and has not stayed with Bertrand, which is unforgivable.

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“Bertrand is able to go forward and supply the cross for Austin, who is as good as anybody in the Premier League from that position.”

West Ham remain rooted in the Premier League bottom three on the back of their fifth defeat from six matches this season.

By contrast, Southampton are ninth after securing their second win of the league campaign to date.

In other West Ham news, Dimitri Payet was given this answer from the club’s chiefs when he demanded a sensational transfer in the summer.