According to reliable Twitter user @ExWHUemployee on Episode 61 of the West Ham Way radio show, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic isn’t picking in-form starlet Toni Martinez for the first team as he doesn’t believe he is ready yet, and Irons fans are understandably angry.
Toni Martinez is not being picked for the first team because Slaven Bilic does not believe he is good enough yet.
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) November 1, 2017
The pressure is continuing to build on the Croatian boss after his side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, but it seems it isn’t enough for him to hand Martinez a place in his squad.
The 20-year-old scored a brace in the 3-1 Checkatrade Trophy win against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, which took his tally to 11 for the U23 side this season, but he is yet to be involved with a struggling first team this term.
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on the revelation via social media, and while some said “words fail me”, others simply said “what a joke”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Sums our season up really #bilicout
— Alex Osborne (@Alex_osborne) November 2, 2017
Slav Doesn,t think he is ready.What a joke.Has earned place on the bench at least.What,s to lose.
— Lynne Cannell (@LynneCannell51) November 1, 2017
Bilic is deluded if this is the case FFS! He's a proven goal scorer and he's consistent with his goal week in week out
— Bradley (@b_harding7) November 1, 2017
— dan (@danwelberry) November 1, 2017
Says it all
— richard (@richardduffin1) November 1, 2017
Words fail me @davidgold
— Midnight Zodiac (@Midnight_Zodiac) November 2, 2017
Madness!! @AntonioMtnez_29 is top drawer, get him in the team!
— Mark Harris (@Mark7Harris) November 1, 2017
What does he know 😂
— costahammer (@costahammer) November 1, 2017