West Ham United beat Leicester City 3-2 at the London Stadium yesterday. Arthur Masuaku was targeted for criticism from some sections of the Hammers fans, however.
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David Moyes’s men were leading 3-0 with just 20 minutes left when Masuaku inexplicably dithered in possession before passing the ball backwards into the path of Foxes hitman Kelechi Iheanacho.
The 24-year-old Nigerian subsequently smashed the ball into the back of the net and it led to a nervy finish for West Ham.
We got the job done in the end, however.
Arthur Masuaku did make a glaring mistake. It’s not the first time either.
The 27-year-old has played a crucial role in our superb season so far, however.
Let’s not be too harsh on West Ham ace Arthur Masuaku
The former Olympiacos ace has always taken risks during games. It is part of what makes him such a good player.
We have to take the rough with the smooth.
Masuaku offers us so much going forward down the left-hand flank.
Arthur will always lose the ball more than someone like Mark Noble due to the fact that he always makes far more risky decisions.
Those decisions can win us games against teams who are hard to break down, however.
It also must be remembered that the Democratic Republic of Congo international has only just returned from nearly four months on the sidelines.
The left wing-back was thrown in from the start against Wolves and Leicester. He must have been tired in the final 20 minutes of the game yesterday. And a tired body always correlates into a tired mind.
Let’s give Masuaku a break. He has been a vital member of David Moyes’s West Ham team this season.
And he will continue to be as well.