EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has warned Robert Snodgrass that he cannot afford to have a bad game at West Ham after the club’s win over Newport County. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that while it was not the worst performance ever from the Scottish winger, he did not live up to his usual high standards against the League Two side.

Snodgrass was one of a number of changes made by Manuel Pellegrini in Wales, the Hammers coming out on top with a 2-0 victory.

Bent insists that with the vast amount of quality available to Pellegrini out wide, with the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini all able to play on the wing, Snodgrass should feel under pressure after failing to impress.

Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t think he was too bad but his final delivery was not what we were used to seeing. Out wide at West Ham they’ve got some serious competition with players who can do some serious damage.

“It’s a little bit of healthy competition because you know that if you don’t perform well there’s someone there to take your place. It’s something he’s got to prove to be in the starting XI.”

The 31-year-old has featured three times this season but was completely left out of the matchday squad for the club’s last Premier League fixture against Watford.

He has a total of 56 appearances under his belt for the Irons, having emerged as a squad favourite under Pellegrini during the Chilean manager’s first season in charge.

In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that Pellegrini needs to sort out an issue involving two senior stars.