Chris Sutton suggests Bilic should drop Adrian, questions decision to sell James Tomkins

Chris Sutton - Lincoln City Manager

Chris Sutton has commented on West Ham's recent struggles.

Chris Sutton - Lincoln City ManagerChris Sutton

Pundit Chris Sutton has told BBC Sport that he has reservations over West Ham goalkeeper Adrian – and can't understand why they sold defender James Tomkins to Crystal Palace.

The Hammers were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Southampton on Sunday afternoon, as goals from Charlie Austin, Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse handed West Ham a fourth straight league defeat.

West Ham players look dejected after Southampton's James Ward-Prowse scored their third goalWest Ham players look dejected after Southampton's James Ward-Prowse scored

After two 4-2 defeats to Watford and West Bromwich Albion, West Ham needed a response against Southampton, but again served us a disastrous performance, with Slaven Bilic's men now having conceded 11 goals in the last three Premier League games.

Defensively, West Ham have been atrocious of late, and it seems that no combination or changes at the back can solve the defensive woes.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goalCrystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring

West Ham may have added a number of attacking players by signing the likes of Andre Ayew, Sofiane Feghouli, Gokhan Tore, Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza, but fans may feel that the Hammers scrimped and saved on their defensive options.

Only two recognised defenders were signed in veteran right back Alvaro Arbeloa and French left back Arthur Masuaku, with West Ham now looking short at the back.

After the game against Southampton, pundit Chris Sutton told BBC Sport that he thinks West Ham should have kept hold of defender James Tomkins rather than selling him to London rivals Crystal Palace.

West Ham United's Adrian looks dejected at the end of the matchWest Ham United's Adrian looks dejected

Sutton added that the thinks Darren Randolph should be West Ham's first-choice goalkeeper instead of Adrian, but did acknowledge that the chopping and changing in defence isn't helping matters.

“I have a couple of reservations over Adrian in the West Ham goal. I'd have gone for Darren Randolph personally,” said Sutton. “Also the chopping and changing in defence hasn't helped them. I was surprised they let James Tomkins leave for Crystal Palace. Last season he was one of the key defenders for West Ham. Why sell him?” he added.

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