Carlton Cole was highly critical of West Ham left-back Emerson during our UEFA Europa Conference League clash with FCSB tonight.
The Hammers were woeful in the first-half, make no mistake about that.
David Moyes’s side were sluggish, sloppy in possession and lacked any kind of passion, drive or energy.
The mood inside the London Stadium was understandably mellow after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The players still had a job to do though and unfortunately, they just did not produce.
Carlton Cole criticises Emerson during West Ham vs FCSB UEFA Europa Conference League clash
The Italy international joined the Hammers from Chelsea in the summer transfer window for around £15 million (The Daily Mail).
The 28-year-old has made a decent start to life with West Ham but he was caught napping tonight and was at fault for the opening goal.
Carlton Cole criticised Emerson, when speaking on BT Sport (Thursday September 8th, 8:56pm):
“This is schoolboy stuff that I’m seeing here. This part here is just, he (Emerson) doesn’t look once over his shoulder. He doesn’t know anything that’s going on.”
Cole is spot on here.
Aaron Cresswell has received untold stick from the West Ham fans over the past year or so for his total lack of awareness but Emerson’s role in FCSB’s goal in the first-half was just as bad as anything that the 32-year-old has done in a Hammers shirt.
There seems to be something very wrong with this West Ham team at the moment.
Emerson’s role in the visitor’s goal proved that a serious amount of work needs to be done on the training ground.
In fairness to Emerson, he did bounce back and scored our second goal of the night. The boys turned it around and got the job done. It wasn’t pretty but the result is all that matters.
One thing’s for sure though, the UEFA Europa Conference League clash with FCSB tonight was yet another wake-up call for West Ham.