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Bellamy feels West Ham will struggle to keep 'volatile' Arnautovic in January

Amid the dire quality at West Ham this season, Marko Arnautovic has among the best performers once more.

Transformed as a centre-forward under David Moyes last season, the Austrian has continued up front under Manuel Pellegrini.

While he has not been as effective as in 2017/18, he has impressed more than others; scoring the Hammers’ only two Premier League goals of the season so far.

Yet, as the doom continues into the international break, a former West Ham forward has offered a warning about Arnautovic’s future.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at London Stadium on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

In his own words

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Craig Bellamy, who played for the Hammers between 2007 and 2009 said: “I’ve always been aware of his ability but if he had one good game then he’d go missing for the next three or four.

“When he was out wide, if he had a lot of the ball, then brilliant. But then sometimes he’d lose interest. He frustrated because I knew there was a real player there; but at times he would just look disinterested.

“Credit to David Moyes, he put him up top and he’s involved in the game all the time. I’ve been so impressed with him up front. He’s the one player… that West Ham do have with a bit of pace and do have as a threat.

“However, he’s a volatile player as well. If it isn’t going his way come January and West Ham are struggling, he’s one player, if there is going to be interest, that’s going to test you.”

PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 26: Craig Bellamy of West Ham celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Portsmouth and West Ham United at Fratton Park on December 26, 2008 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

If West Ham continue to struggle until the January window opens, Arnautovic may well wish to move up the league.

It could be another Dimitri Payet situation where a frustrated talisman wants to leave; although Hammers fans will hope that Arnautovic shows more loyalty than the Frenchman.


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