By Alan Hutton

26th Sep, 2019 | 11:54am

'Unacceptable' - Exclusive: Pundit savages West Ham 'driving force' in Oxford shock


Alan Hutton has blasted West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere for failing to be a “standout” player in the club’s shock League Cup defeat against Oxford United.

Speaking to Football Insider assistant Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland defender insists that the 27-year-old should have been someone that his teammates could look to as inspiration on Wednesday night but that he failed to step up to the mark.

The Hammers were stunned 4-0 by the League One side at the Kassam Stadium, with Wilshere starting and playing 66 minutes for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Hutton insists that none of the West Ham side should be happy with their performance after being dumped out by the third-tier side, tearing into Wilshere’s contribution due to his experience and quality.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s unacceptable. I think every person who stepped on that pitch should be (held accountable). If they’re waking up this morning thinking: ‘Did I play well?’ I don’t think any would say yes.

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“The likes of Wilshere, these guys that people around him would look to him to be doing good on the pitch, driving the team forward, creating chances, helping out. He’s a big player, a big, big player.

“He should be a driving force, he should be a standout. No disrespect to Oxford, he should be a standout performer and for whatever reason, none of them have been on the night.” 

Wilshere has played five times for the Irons across all competitions this season, including a substitute appearance in the 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The Irons will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointment in midweek with a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday, the Cherries having scored in every one of their Premier League games this season.

In other West Ham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that one Hammers star has left him saying “wow” this season.