Phil Parkes has delivered a scathing verdict on West Ham goalkeeper Roberto, joking that the Spaniard has a clause in his contract that stops him from diving for the ball.
Roberto, 33, has been in calamitous form for the Hammers since replacing the injured Lukasz Fabianski in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up last month.
The former Espanyol goalkeeper has conceded goal after goal and in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley, all three goals can be pinned on the senior shot-stopper.
Ex-West Ham goalkeeper Parkes is by no means a fan of Roberto and has suggested the club’s rotten form could be down to him.
“I haven’t seen a lot of Roberto but don’t think I need to have done because frankly it’s pretty obvious he’s not very good,” the former England international told Claret & Hugh.
“In fact I remarked to a mate when I watched him in the Oxford United game that he may have a clause in his contract which ensures he doesn’t have to dive for the ball!
“Let it be said, I don’t like him at all and to be honest he doesn’t even look like a goalkeeper to me – he looks like an outfield player who has somehow found his way between the sticks.
“We might have got away with him over a couple of games but the idea of him being in there until January is a serious worry and it’s hardly any wonder the team is suffering a crisis of confidence.”
Roberto has been woeful and could go down as one of the worst signings that West Ham have made in recent history. He’s made a few decent saves yes and his performance against Everton was not awful. However everything away from that has been atrocious. Just look at his performance at Turf Moor on Saturday. Has a goalkeeper in Premier League history ever been responsible for conceding three goals? His own goal, that rounded off the 3-0 win for Burnley, is something that will be shown on blooper reels for years and years because it was truly comical. Roberto needs to go. If Pellegrini does not start David Martin against Tottenham after the international break then that is going to raise serious questions about the manager, not only from the fans, but the board too. Roberto is not good enough and as Parkes says, he does not even look as though he is a goalkeeper.