Date: 16th August 2019 at 10:56am
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has torn into West Ham’s defenders for a lack of leadership and character after being on the end of a mauling against Manchester City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England striker says he is excited by the players the Hammers have going forward but that the back line is a real worry for the east London faithful.

The Irons sit bottom of the Premier League table after one game after being thrashed 5-0 by reigning champions Manchester City last weekend.

Bent says that the quality of defending from Manuel Pellegrini’s men left a lot to be desired and that he is worried about a lack of leadership at the back.

Asked if their defending had alarm bells ringing, Bent told Football Insider: “It is, yeah. I don’t quite know what is going on. If you look at their team going forward, they look a real threat.

“Defensively they’re all over the place, there’s no real leaders in their back four, there’s no real characters taking authority, there’s no organisation. They seem to defend in ones and twos. 

“Rather than being a compact unit, they’re all over the place.” 

Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena were Pellegrini’s centre-back pairing against City, with Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell chosen to fill in at full-back.

The Hammers’ next game sees them travel to the south coast to take on Brighton, who enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Watford in their opening game of the season.

In other West Ham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that he is bitterly disappointed by a Hammers forward who has “flattered to deceive” during his time at the club.