West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini addressed the media during his pre-match press conference today, and seemed to finally admit defeat regarding Roberto, as quoted by Football.London.
The 33-year-old joined the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer. He was signed as a backup for Lukasz Fabianski, but when the Pole suffered a hip injury in September, the Spaniard stepped in and played the next seven games for West Ham.
Roberto has been nothing short of a disaster, however. The former Espanyol man put in a succession of calamitous displays and committed a number of high-profile errors.
He was finally dropped by Pellegrini for the Hammers’ trip to Chelsea on Saturday. And surprise surprise, they won the game whilst keeping a clean sheet. It clearly wasn’t a coincidence, and Roberto now faces an uncertain future at the London Stadium.
Week after week, Pellegrini stood by the Spaniard, refusing to criticise him once.
That all changed today, however. It seems like the Chilean has finally admitted defeat.
He was asked about Roberto by Football.London:
“Unfortunately for Roberto, he was not doing well and it is my duty to try and see what we must improve.”
West Ham face Wolves away tomorrow night, and David Martin will keep his place between the sticks.
The Hammers will be desperate to rack up another win, and their chances of doing just that will be greatly enhanced without Roberto in the side.