April 19, 2024

Tom Rennie has hit out at “useless” Konstantinos Mavropanos after his mistake against Crystal Palace “cost” West Ham United the game.

Following the Eagles’ 1-1 draw at the London Stadium on Sunday, the talkSPORT host blasted Moyes’ strategies on his personal X account, saying they led to the team’s lack of fervor.

Odsonne Edouard’s second-half finish salvaged a Premier League point for Crystal Palace after Mavropanos handed the ball to the Frenchman to fire home past Alphonse Areola and Rennie expressed his disdain at the East Londoners and the Greek defender.

He tweeted: “There’s not many teams who are just waiting to be beaten like Crystal Palace were today. Moyes should’ve sensed it and got the team up the field.

“Instead, the lack of intensity contributes to the useless Mavrapanos losing concentration and cost West Ham the game.”

Uncharacteristic

The former Arsenal and Stuttgart defender has looked largely assured and impressive throughout his short West Ham United career so far and the decision to add him to the squad has looked an absolute steel.

A costly error was always going to arrive at some point and it’s a shame it has come at such a pivotal point for his new club when the Hammers were closing in on a third straight Premier League victory.

West Ham

The Greek international will be mightily disappointed with his error but it happens to just about any Premier League defender and it is one he will learn from.

Rather than being critical of the Irons defender, credit must be given to Edouard for taking advantage in what looked like a difficult scenario for the Crystal Palace striker.

Against the Eagles (7/7), Mavropanos still won all seven of his aerial duels, four of his five ground duels, six clearances, and three tackles [SofaScore]. If he hadn’t made that one mistake, his performance would have been seen as much more outstanding.

Because of the demanding character of Premier League football at the moment, he has received harsh criticism from the West Ham United supporters for the first time, and it might not be the last.

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