Has Modibo Maiga played himself out of a West Ham future?

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Modibo Maiga looks like he could be out of the door at West Ham.

Maiga spent last season on loan with FC Metz in France, but he has been offered chances to impress at West Ham this term under new boss Slaven Bilic.

In the same way that Mauro Zarate and Matt Jarvis have been given a clean slate to work from, in the hopes to earn their place in his Premier League squad, Malian forward Maiga has been allowed to turn out in the Europa League.

However, his performances have been less than stellar, and it appears as if he has played himself out of a future at the Boleyn Ground.

Having never impressed in East London, he was selected on the bench for the Hammers qualifying round tie with Birkirkara, and although given 30 minutes of normal time, plus all of injury time, he was poor.

As a striker renowned for his heading ability, the Hammers switched their game plan following his arrival, giving Matt Jarvis the ball to send in a number of crosses.

The winger completed his role well, frequently putting a number of high quality balls into the box, but Maiga never once got his head on the ball.

He was a static presence in the box, refusing to create space away from the opposition defenders, and the attacking play became static with chances wasted over and over.

Considering the Hammers already possess a target man in Andy Carroll, who is one of the best in the Premier League when fit, Maiga’s inability to play that role was evident.

He is unlikely to feature much when Carroll is ready to take up that mantle as the physical option up front, and Maiga’s performance in the Europa League did little to suggest he deserves a continued role with the club.

Following that display of ineptitude, it would come as no surprise to see Maiga sold this summer - as long as the Hammers can find a club willing to take the misfiring striker off their hands.

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