Arthur Masuaku has failed to impress since joining West Ham United three-and-a-half years ago.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Olympiacos for around £6 million in the summer of 2016 (Sky Sports).
The Democratic Republic of Congo international has made 91 appearances for West Ham, racking up one goal and seven assists in the process (Transfermarkt).
In 78 Premier League appearances, he has a tackle success rate of 59%, has won only 54% of his duals and just 51% of his aerial battles (premierleague.com).
Masuaku has been impressive when deployed in a more attacking role, but his defending is absolutely shocking and he is a liability when he starts at left-back.
It’s not like the 26-year-old didn’t warn us though.
The former Olympiacos man spoke to the Hammers’ official website when he joined the club back in 2016:
“I think I am a little bit fast with the ball and I have a good left foot. Of course I have to work on my right foot, but I have a good left foot. I need to work on my defence, but I think in attack I am quite good. I have to work to be focused also on my defence.”
West Ham fans will now look at those comments and have a chuckle to themselves. The fact that Masuaku – a left-back, openly told everyone that his defending is not up to scratch is quite frankly comical.
He is at an age now where he should have matured and improved as a defender. That has not happened, however.
The bottom line is that if David Moyes decides to use Masuaku, he must deploy him in an attacking role on the left-wing.
The Hammers really need to look at strengthening their left-back department in the summer.
Aaron Cresswell is well past his best, and Masuaku clearly isn’t good enough to be starting regularly.