'The more he plays, the worse he gets' - Exclusive: Alan Hutton destroys West Ham regular
Alan Hutton has issued a brutal put down of West Ham goalkeeper Roberto by saying he is getting worse and worse every time he plays.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Tottenham defender says that the Hammers shot-stopper does not fill him with confidence and says the backline in east London will be feeling the same.
Roberto has come under fire for a number of high profile errors during his time in the starting XI, most notably punching the ball into his own net in the 3-0 defeat to Burnley.
Hutton has blasted the 33-year-old’s performances in place of Lukasz Fabianski, insisting that the Irons need to sort out the situation or face more trouble at the back.
Hutton told Football Insider: “When he’s been so shaky, your confidence, you’re just thinking: ‘We can’t make a mistake because he’s not going to bail us out. We can’t give away corners because I don’t trust him to come and collect.’
“West Ham are going through a period where it’s really tough, ever since the Oxford game, you lose Fabianski to a hip injury. Roberto just doesn’t fill me with confidence at all. It seems the more he plays, the worse he gets.
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“Even at Burnley, a crossed ball that I could have caught, he was punching it to the edge of the box. For somebody to have a strike, it does not fill you with confidence. You need somebody commanding at the back and it’s a situation they have to sort quickly.”
Roberto, who has taken Fabianski’s place in the starting XI due to the Pole’s hip injury, has played eight times across all competitions this season, six of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
He has conceded at least two goals in all but one of his league outings, with Newcastle and Burnley firing three past him in the Irons’ most recent games.
In other West Ham news, Danny Mills claims the Hammers are looking to seal an “emergency” transfer deal.