Tony Cascarino suggested that West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic should be sold in the summer if he continues to be disruptive – and it is a serious issue for the club to deal with.
“I have written before how much I rate him as a player but he is the kind of big name who is only worth having if he’s really on form. Anything below that and his presence in the squad becomes disruptive and you would be better off selling him,” he said in his Times column.
The talkSPORT pundit is absolutely spot on here, so Manuel Pellegrini must roll his sleeves up and make a decision on the player as soon as possible.
He may have signed a new contract a few months’ ago, but Pellegrini must cast that aside and do what is best for the club – binning him permanently.
It is not the Austrian international’s form that is the entire issue here. His attitude is a big problem at the moment, and the rest of his teammates would not be too impressed with the way he conducts himself sometimes. Nor would the fans.
If Chinese clubs come back in for his services this summer, then West Ham must snap their arm off in order for him to leave. If anything, it would be a blessing in disguise for the manager if he went off into the sunset in a few months’ time.
It is not likely that many of the supporters would have forgiven him after the rumours circulating about his future back in January – why would they? It indicated that he is not the loyal player that they may have thought he was, and if a player is not loyal, what is the point in them staying?
His performances suggest that he does not want to be at the club, so the Irons must cut their losses and pack his bags this summer.