West Ham have 'nightmare' player issue after what pundit has seen
Paul Robinson has urged West Ham manager David Moyes to rotate his squad more diligently to avoid hangovers from European games.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one claimed he is ‘bored’ of hearing managers of teams in Europe ‘moan’ about the fixture schedule.
The Hammers lost 2-1 to Brentford at the London Stadium on Sunday.
It was the second time David Moyes’ side have lost after a Thursday night Europa League tie.
Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, Said Benrahma and Aaron Cresswell were the four players who started both fixtures last week.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if there was a worrying trend developing, Robinson said: “It is all about squad rotation.
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“It can be a nightmare when you have a squad the size of West Ham’s. They do not have a huge squad.
“The players that have been playing this season have performed brilliantly so it is difficult to rotate players in and out. A lot of clubs have to contend with this problem.
“When a club loses the game after a European fixture in midweek the manager will come out and say, ‘We’ve only had a few days.’ It’s the same story week in, week out every year. It is a bit boring hearing the managers moaning.
“As players, you love playing. You would rather play than train.
“Managers quite often use the fixture schedule as an excuse. It is about squad rotation and getting the balance right.
“It is new for West Ham this year. They have not had to do that before. Moyes need to make sure it doesn’t continue like this.”