By George Overhill

16th Jan, 2022 | 3:56pm

Arthur Masuaku highlights bad day for Nikola Vlasic in West Ham vs Leeds

The second-half substitution of Nikola Vlasic was a damning indictment of his game for West Ham against Leeds according to Alan Smith.

The £26.8million signing from CSKA Moscow was replaced by Arthur Masuaku immediately after Jack Harrison had put Leeds 3-2 mid-way through the second half on Sunday.

Speaking on the Sky Sports broadcast the co-commentator said: “Not a good day for Vlasic when they’ve brought on what is a defender really to play on that left-hand side when they need a goal”.

Value for money?

Despite his spectacular winner in the 3-2 victory over Chelsea in December, Masuaku is far from a significant goal threat.

The DR Congo left-back has only ever scored twice for the Hammers, with the Chelsea strike his only Premier League goal, in five and a half seasons.

The Croatian is an attacking player and big money was spent before the season in order for him to make the difference in exactly the sort of situation that arose on Sunday.

The fact that David Moyes felt his side would be better off without him on the field, and felt this in the immediate aftermath of going behind for a third time, reflects very poorly on his influence at the London Stadium.

When Vlasic scored his first goal for the club against Watford before the new year it was hoped he could push on to become an important contributor in East London, but the showing against Leeds suggested the exact opposite.

He has so far failed to shine for West Ham, featuring only a handful of times, and has also not taken advantage of the increased opportunities he is currently having in the absence of Said Benrahma who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria.

Things will have to change soon if the big-money man does not become an expensive flop for the Irons.

In other West Ham news, this club favourite was blamed for a key first half incident on Sunday.