West Ham winger Matt Jarvis failed to impress during a rare start at the Emirates on Saturday where the Hammers were comfortably beaten 3-0.
The 28-year-old was selected because of a freak injury to Enner Valencia – he lacerated his toe on a broken mug – which prompted Sam Allardyce to change the system to a 4-2-3-1, with Jarvis and Stewart Downing on the wings.
This switch didn’t do the Irons justice, though, as neither of the wide-men could have a positive impact on the match.
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Jarvis in particular kept finding himself in good positions yet time and time again he failed to put a testing delivery into the penalty box.
He showed during that season with Wolves, which prompted West Ham to fork out £10.75million for his services, that he can be a nightmare for defenders.
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His pace, direct running and final ball were the main attributes that attracted Allardyce to him, however since his arrival in 2012 he has not been able to replicate that form and the lack of quality in his performance at Arsenal typified his entire spell at the club.
DOWN PECKING ORDER
Jarvis had the fewest touches of the ball out of all of the Hammers players that started the match (29), had one shot and made one key pass. While no one else played much better, the fact is he was the worst player on the pitch.
With Morgan Amalfitano and new signing Nene on the bench it seems strange that Allardyce opted to put Jarvis in to the mix as he has had very little action this season, making just two league starts.
It could well have been the Englishman’s last chance to impress the manager with nine games of the season to go and he didn’t do himself any favours with another below-par display.
TIME TO CASH IN
Whether Allardyce is still at the helm next term or not, it’s looking increasingly likely that Jarvis’ time is up at West Ham regardless. He's anonymous when off and on the pitch.
The winger was thought to be a target of West Bromwich Albion in January but that move didn’t materialise and now he could be forced to move down to the Championship in search of regular football.
Cardiff have shown an interest in the player and although they wouldn’t be able to give West Ham anywhere near the amount they paid for him, anything would do at this stage.
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