Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (December 21) that Nikica Jelavic is not good enough to start for West Ham United.
“He (West Ham manager Slaven Bilic) is playing Jelavic,” said Murphy. “With no disrespect, his legs have gone, by the way.”
Jelavic is 30 years of age and joined West Ham from Championship outfit Hull City in the summer transfer window.
The Croatian striker knows the Premier League striker inside out, having played in the top flight of English football for Everton and Hull.
The former Rangers player is not the first-choice striker at West Ham, though, and started the Premier League game against Swansea City at the weekend due to injuries to Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll.
Jelavic has yet to score for West Ham in the Premier League this season and has created seven chances in nine league matches.
The former Rapid Wien striker has a pass accuracy of 69%, and has won six headers and three tackles.
Interestingly, none of the 30-year-old’s six shots in the Premier League this campaign have been on target.