Arthur Masuaku faces a really tough challenge if he is to convince David Moyes that he has a future at West Ham United.
The 28-year-old has been incredibly inconsistent since moving to the London Stadium from Olympiacos in the summer of 2016 for around £6.2 million (The Times).
Masuaku has dazzled with his mercuriality over the past five-and-a-half years but at the same time he has disappointed terribly with his lapses of concentration and poor sense of positional awareness.
David Moyes has made the error of bringing Masuaku on to see out games previously on more than one occasion.
Our 3-3 draw with Brighton at the London Stadium in February 2020 springs to mind.
The 28-year-old just cannot be relied upon on a consistent basis. He is a left-back who can’t defend!
Arthur Masuaku career at West Ham United hanging in the balance?
The Democratic Republic of Congo international is surely one of the leading candidates to be sold in January or the summer.
David Moyes told us all we need to know with his team selection last night.
Despite Aaron Cresswell missing out through injury, Masuaku was left on the bench.
Moyes instead decided to start 21-year-old Ben Johnson at left-back whilst bringing Vladimir Coufal back into the side at right-back.
The Scot did bring Arthur on after 77 minutes, however, with West Ham leading Brighton 1-0 at the time.
Masuaku was caught out positionally and lost concentration big time just 12 minutes later, however, when Tariq Lamptey whipped in a cross for Neal Maupay to slot home.
Including injury time, the 28-year-old played around 20 minutes for the Hammers last night.
He proved yet again that he absolutely cannot be relied upon at crucial times during games.
Masuaku, who earns £45k-a-week at the London Stadium (Football League FC), will surely be moved on if West Ham receive a reasonable offer for his services in January.
If Moyes chooses to keep him though, he must only ever use him as a left winger. There is no point playing him in any kind of defensive capacity.
Arthur has a small cult following at West Ham. But even his supporters will struggle to back him after his performance last night.
It’s time for Masuaku to move on.