Rio Ferdinand hails West Ham United's Paolo di Canio

Former England football captain and Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand kicked off the Dubai Fitness Challenge this weekend.  The first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th...

West Ham United managed to pick up a 0-0 draw against Arsenal last night.

Former England football captain and Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand kicked off the Dubai Fitness Challenge this weekend.  The first-of-its-kind challenge which runs from 20th...

Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport, during their live coverage of West Ham United’s match against Arsenal, that Marko Arnautovic can become the Hammers’ next talisman.

West Ham have generally been successful with a maverick player in their side, such as Paolo Di Canio or Dimitri Payet.

And Ferdinand believes that Arnautovic can take on that role in time.

The former Hammers defender said: “West Ham always seem to find a maverick. Di Canio, Payet…. this man can really step into that role. I’m not saying he’ll be as good as those two, if he does that’ll be fantastic, but I think he wants to be the go-to guy and he’ll thrive off the responsibility.”

West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic (L) vies with Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia during the English Premier League football match between...

Arnautovic had a hugely difficult start to life at West Ham after signing from Stoke City, but he has shown his worth recently.

Since David Moyes came in, Arnautovic has been given a new lease of life though.

Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City looks on during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Stoke City at the Vitality Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

The Austrian has been played up-front and has impressed with his work rate.

Arnautovic is not always associated with pressing defenders, but he has been putting in a shift for the team recently.

The powerful attacker helped West Ham pick up a 0-0 draw with Arsenal last night, as Moyes’ credible start at the London Stadium continued.

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