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Jon Walters Has A Dim View Of Ex-Teammate Marko Arnautovic’s Latest Performances

Vienna , Austria - 12 November 2016; Marko Arnautovic of Austria and Jonathan Walters of Republic of Ireland prior to the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Austria and Republic of Ireland at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Jonathan Walters has questioned former Stoke teammate Marko Arnautovic’s stomach for the fight in the midst of West Ham’s relegation battle.

The Austrian international was a second-half substitute in the Hammers’ 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday – and Walters, while giving the opinion that while Arnautovic is fully capable of turning it on when he feels like it, those times have not come nearly often enough – and certainly not since his £24m summer move from Stoke.

“Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day 2 on Sunday, the Ireland forward suggests that both the player and the selling club got a good deal with the move:

“Marko could turn it on last year, and over the last couple of years and when he’s on it, he’s on it. But how many games did he do it during the course of the season? Would he do the other side of it was the issue with him?

“It was probably a good deal for Stoke. Then again, it’s a step up probably for Marko. He’s probably gone and doubled his wages or whatever. He has to step up. Has he done it? You would say he hasn’t.”

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is reportedly hanging to his job by a thread with strong reports on Sunday suggesting that former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes is waiting in the wings to take the reins should the owners decide an immediate change is necessary.

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