Martin Keown criticised Thilo Kehrer for the role he played in Silkeborg’s goal against West Ham in the UEFA Europa Conference League tonight.

The Hammers surprisingly went behind early against Silkeborg after some really poor defending.

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David Moyes’s men cruised on to a 3-2 victory after that though, scoring three goals before half-time.

In spite of that, the Scot would have been hugely concerned by the way in which his team defended.

West Ham United v FCSB: Group B - UEFA Europa Conference League
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Thilo Kehrer has been brilliant since moving to the London Stadium from Paris Saint-Germain for around £13 million in the summer transfer window.

He was caught out inside the first five minutes in Denmark tonight though…

Martin Keown slams West Ham ace Kehrer during UEFA Europa Conference League clash

The BT Sport pundit was a guest in the studio for tonight’s clash between the Hammers and Silkeborg.

The ex-Arsenal ace is one of the most highly-respected central defenders from his generation and played in some great Arsenal teams.

So when he talks about defending, we should listen to him.

Keown highlighted the role that Kehrer played in Silkeborg’s goal tonight, when speaking on BT Sport (Thursday September 15th, 8:53pm):

Martin Keown criticised Thilo Kehrer during the Silkeborg vs West Ham UEFA Europa Conference League clash
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“Defensively, Kehrer, he gets sucked out. He’s in the back five and then Kehrer, for some reason, he gets drawn out of his position. Rice feels like he has to cover for him, leaves the bit of space at the edge of the box. If Kehrer would have stayed in position, Rice could have dealt with that very easily. And they got punished.”

That’s a fair comment from Keown.

We can’t be too critical of Thilo Kehrer. He has been magnificent since joining from PSG.

The German needs to sharpen up when it comes to holding a defensive line with his teammates though. Against better teams, he will be exposed time and time again if he keeps dropping deep like he did tonight.

West Ham United’s win over Silkeborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League tonight was a vitally important one.

After we conceded first though, it looked like it would be a really long night. And that’s something that Kehrer and co need to learn from.

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