Darren Bent gushed about West Ham goalkeeper Roberto following his performance in the 2-0 loss to Everton on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham attacker acknowledged that Roberto should have stopped Bernard opening the scoring for the Toffees but then highlighted how that was the only real negative about the shot-stopper’s display.
Roberto was making his fifth appearance for the Hammers on Saturday after joining the club in the summer on a free transfer.
Bent raved about Roberto’s ability to make speculator saves, pointing out he thought the keeper’s stop to deny Tom Davies was world class, and stressed that the 33-year-old had a difficult time covering the loss of the brilliant Lukasz Fabianski to injury.
“The first goal I couldn’t quite work out how it went in as it was so tight and he kind of toed it past him,” Bent told Football Insider.
“To be fair to Roberto, he made one unbelievably world class save from Davies during the game and I think he played really really well.
“I think that first goal, he should of kept out, but it’s a tough one as when you’re trying to replace Fabianski who has been brilliant since he went to West Ham, it’s tough.
“But he did show signs yesterday that he can make that spectacular save, while he should have kept the first goal out, I think his overall play was good enough and the score could have been worse if it wasn’t for him making those saves.”
Roberto has conceded nine goals in his first five appearances for the Hammers and has only managed to keep one clean sheet.
The 33-year-old previously played for high-profile clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Olympiacos ahead of arriving at the London Stadium.