West Ham legend Phil Parkes has urged Manuel Pellegrini to select David Martin ahead of Roberto for the Hammers’ clash with Tottenham in 10 days time.

The 33-year-old Spaniard has been an absolute disaster for West Ham since moving to east London on a free transfer in the summer.

He has conceded 11 goals in his last five games for the club, and his flappable nature is transmitting fragile vibes throughout the entire West Ham squad.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference
David Martin (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Roberto is clearly not good enough for the Hammers. And now seems like the perfect opportunity to give David Martin a crack at the whip.

The 33-year-old joined West Ham on a free transfer from Millwall in the summer, but he is still yet to make an appearance for the club.

And Phil Parkes, who spent 11 years with the Hammers, urged Pellegrini to select Martin against Tottenham after the international break, when speaking exclusively to Claret and Hugh:

West Ham United Training and Press Conference
David Martin (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“For whatever reason the team has lost confidence together and as I said in yesterday’s blog a lot of that is down to the keeper’s form. I reckon Dave Martin is a good keeper and with him between the sticks against Spurs I think you will see a different West Ham.”

West Ham desperately need to beat Tottenham after the international break.

Spurs are also in need of all three points, so it should be a cracking game of football.

And the Hammers will surely stand a better chance of winning without Roberto in the team.

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