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The Chalkboard: West Ham must drop woeful Masuaku after FA Cup horror show

West Ham United were humiliated in the FA Cup on Saturday, as they fell to a shock 4-2 defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

The Hammers fell 3-0 behind against a club that are currently rock-bottom of League One; and though they pulled it back to 3-2, they were still knocked out of the tournament at the fourth round stage.

On the chalkboard

No West Ham starter emerged with any credit whatsoever from the game, such was the dismal nature of their performance.

However, Arthur Masuaku was one of the worst performers of all, looking out of his depth at left-back.

Across 90 minutes, he made just one tackle and an opposition player dribbled past him twice. It bears repeating that West Ham were playing the team that are currently bottom of League One.

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The full-back has struggled for minutes in the Premier League and has been on the bench for the last four games, against Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth.

Aaron Cresswell has been in excellent form in Masuaku’s stead and it is obvious that the DR Congo full-back failed his audition for a regular starting spot.

Easy solution

West Ham have a number of issues to contend with right now; Andy Carroll is not good enough to play as a striker, and the midfield seems to have a depth problem.

But there is an easy solution at left-back when the Irons take on Wolves this week.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini merely has to start Cresswell and take Masuaku out of the firing line.

The 25 year-old has played 67 times for the club, but he could well be approaching the end of his time at the London Stadium.

After all, if he cannot turn up against Wimbledon, how can he be trusted against Premier League opposition?

Article title: The Chalkboard: West Ham must drop woeful Masuaku after FA Cup horror show

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