28-year-old needs to contribute more: The three worst West Ham players in loss v Bournemouth
COMMENT By Danny Wright
West Ham fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
A Josh King hat-trick was enough to secure Eddie Howe’s side’s first victory in nine league matches despite goals from Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew.
The Cherries also missed two first-half penalties before going on to pick up all three points.
It was certainly an afternoon to forget for a number of West ham players and here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players from the loss.
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Bournemouth are a side that can really hurt teams on the counter-attack through the use of their pacy squad. However the 27-year-old just didn’t seem interested in defending on Saturday and it was probably with good reason as he was absolutely woeful when he got back. He conceded a penalty for dragging Charlie Daniels to the floor in the opening stages, which luckily King would go on to miss. The Algerian international very rarely provided defensive support for an out-of-position Cheikhou Kouyate who will filling in at right-back. Feghouli was also poor going forward and should definitely be dropped by Slaven Bilic for the next game. He was eventually taken off by his manager in the 58th minute for Ayew, who of course went on to score.
The 33-year-old hasn’t really settled into life at West Ham yet and his torrid performance on Saturday proved that he won’t be getting himself comfortable any time soon. Fonte was left red-faced when King scored the Cherries’ first goal when he flicked the ball over his head, before slotting the ball past Darren Randolph. It didn’t get better from there either as the Portugal international clipped Marc Pugh in the box to concede a second penalty of the first half – luckily for the Irons, the hosts failed to convert this one too. There was no change in the second-half either as he failed to keep up with King who went on to score a hat-trick.
The Hammers striker was definitely not at his best against Bournemouth and barely threatened their goal all afternoon. Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini had decent games so it’s a surprise that Carroll had such little influence on proceedings. The 28-year-old has enjoyed a decent second half of the season but his usual injury woes appear to have continued to scupper his good form. Before a groin injury that kept him out for two games, the former Newcastle man scored four goals in four games. However he has now failed to find the net twice in a row in games that have seen his teammates grab three goals. He needs to contribute more, now.