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Exclusive: Phil Parkes delivers Roberto verdict


Phil Parkes joins us exclusively today to give his views on the most discussed keeper to don a West  Ham sweater in many years – Roberto. 

Parkesy is talking to Hugh Southon

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!

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!

Moment of horror as Roberto punches into his own net at Burnley

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.

The lads would have known what to expect when they saw him on the training ground and the worries will have been there for some time and it really is showing.

There can be no question  when that happens results are going to be affected – the back four and Roberto seem to have little in common and the defenders clearly have little faith in him!!!

After Saturday’s performance that can only get worse and I think the manager needs to make sure that Alvin’s son Dave Martin is between the posts against Spurs.

Ok, we know he had a bad game in a Cup match on television but before that he had performed impeccably and has to be a better bet than the Spanish lad.

It would be unfair on Roberto himself and the team to keep playing him and there has to be a change. It’s quite clear at the moment to me as a former keeper the bloke needs to drop to the bench.

These are worrying times and things need to change – the goalkeeping situation has to be addressed right away. End of.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

10 comments on “Exclusive: Phil Parkes delivers Roberto verdict

  1. Get off the fence Phil, if you don’t rate him just say, lol.

  2. Too right Phil. How bad does Martin need to be to not get a chance now?

    Love this parksey banner btw. Class !

  3. What happens if David Martin comes in, picks up a knock early on or gets sent off. I know people will say what choice is there, but if you are not good enough to start, how are you good enough to play at all.

  4. Simply fact is .if Roberto starts against spurs and makes another mistake MP would need to go after the final whistle ….but he can’t be that stupid can he ?

  5. I would put Steve wounded on .he would play better.
    John power

  6. Agree with our all time great keeper, but I wouldn’t want Martin to come in , we get tonked by the Spuds (come on, it’s on the cards isn’t it??), and he shoulders some of the blame with his confidence then also taking a pummeling. Leave the joker in goal, and maybe after having also lost to Chelsea, he and that fool of a manager with both be gone.

  7. Bang on right by the big man are you listening MP the comments of the best keeper we have ever had imho

  8. Steve wonder would catch the ball

  9. Parkesy in the seats behind the goal would be more effective than Roberto doing star jumps. Ask Parkes to ring Pelle and explain what a good keeper looks like. Surely we can find a young, half decent keeper in the CL.

  10. Roberto started the cup match too, not Martin… get in there Martin, let’s go

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