Charlie Adam has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 10th November, that Marko Arnautovic is struggling at West Ham United, as he is still adapting to life at the London Stadium.
Adam and Arnautovic were teammates at Stoke, and the midfielder speaks very highly of the Austrian international’s ability.
However, he feels that Arnautovic will not be able to get away with failing to track runners at West Ham, like he was allowed at Stoke.
“Consistency is an issue, but when he’s on it he’s capable of playing for one of the top six,” Adam said.
“As a group of players we let him get away with not tracking a runner, because he could win us a game.
“West Ham fans won’t let him get away with that. Marko’s a wonderful player, but you need to get his confidence up.”
West Ham are looking to raise funds for new manager David Moyes, and Arnautovic could be sold to make room for new additions.
Moyes has already stated that he will not tolerate West Ham’s players giving any less than 100%, and has expressed a desire to see an increased work-rate from his side.
Whether Arnautovic will feature in Moyes’ first match in charge against Watford in two weekends’ time remains to be seen.