West Ham United legend Tony Gale has torn into summer signing Marko Arnautovic following the sacking of manager Slaven Bilic.
Bilic was fired from his role at the London Stadium earier today after a tough start to the season for the Hammers in which they have won just 2 of their 11 games so far this campaign.
While it is Bilic who has ultimately taken the fall for his side’s short-comings in the past few months, Gale believes it is too the players who should be to blame for the Croatian’s departure, especially one man in particular.
Gale told the Daily Express: “When you’re signing players like Marko Arnautovic, he hasn’t been trying.
“He cost £25million, they put him on top money at the football club and other players are going to look around and think ‘hang on a minute, this is a guy who is no trying a leg for our football team and we’re running our socks off’.”
Arnautovic was signed as the club’s record signing in the summer, however has thus far failed to live up to his price tag, and is yet to register a goal or assist in the Premier League.
“You have to question some of the signings. They haven’t had a particularly good last few windows.
“The window previous to those two was very good – but the last window has been awful as far as West Ham have been for signings.
“Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Arnautovic and Hernandez have got to prove it wasn’t such a bad window after all.”