By Guy Giles
West Ham legend Tony Gale has blasted the club’s transfer business and singled out summer signing Marko Arnautovic as failing to deliver for sacked boss Slaven Bilic.
Bilic was sacked as manager on Monday morning after a disastrous start to the season that leaves the Hammers in the Premier League relegation zone.
And now Gale, who made 300 appearances for the club during his playing career, has slammed the club for their poor transfer business after Bilic’s sacking.
Speaking to Sky Sports, as quoted by the Express, Gale said: “You have to question some of the signings. They haven’t had a particularly good last few windows.
“The window previous to those two was very good – but the last window has been awful as far as West Ham have been for signings.”
West Ham signed Chicharito, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Sead Haksabanovic and Marko Arnautovic during the summer window, with Chicharito the only player who has made a significant impact for the Hammers so far.
Gale singled out Arnautovic for his poor performances so far this season, and slammed the Austrian for his work ethic.
Arnautovic is yet to score or provide an assist in his seven Premier League appearances so far for the Hammers, and was suspended for two matches after a red card against Southampton.
He said: “When you’re signing players like Marko Arnautovic, he hasn’t been trying.
“He cost £25million, they put him on top money at the football club and other players are going to look around and think ‘hang on a minute, this is a guy who is not trying a leg for our football team and we’re running our socks off.’”
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