By Saikat Mandal

4th Dec, 2022 | 5:59pm

West Ham United weirdly share Alphonse Areola image as France beat Poland in World Cup

West Ham continue to embarrass themselves on social media while trying their best in celebrating the performances of their own players in the World Cup.

On Sunday [4 December], France defeated Poland 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals. Alphonse Areola was an unused substitute in the game, with Hugo Lloris starting in goal for France.

The Hammers’ Twitter handle celebrated France’s win today by posting a double picture of Areola.

“France fire their way to the Fifa World Cup quarter-finals,” wrote West Ham.

It looks really ridiculously odd. First of all, Areola was not involved in the main action, as he was on the bench. The image gives the impression that he has taken centre stage and has played a big role in guiding his country to the next round, which is not the case.

Secondly, France could face England in the quarter-finals if the Three Lions defeat Senegal. This makes the celebration post a bit odd.

This is not the first time, the West Ham social media department hasn’t made a smart move.

On Sunday (27 November), the Hammers’ official Twitter handle shared posts on Thilo Kehrer and Nayef Aguerd – the two players who participated for Germany and Morocco respectively.

However, they completely ignored Croatia midfielder Nikola Vlasic who played the final 15 minutes against Canada in their 4-1 win.

Areola, 29, is expected to be on the bench for France when they face England (potentially) in the next round. Putting images of players participating in the World Cup is fine, but it looks odd in this case.

A normal post about him would have sufficed, but this was unnecessary and meaningless.