By Pranav Shahaney

6th Dec, 2022 | 10:40am

Former West Ham player Craig Forrest takes dig at David Moyes as Lucas Paqueta scores World Cup goal for Brazil

Former West Ham goalkeeper Craig Forrest appears to have taken a blatant dig at David Moyes after Lucas Paqueta scored for Brazil.

The midfielder bagged one of the goals en route to the South American nation’s 4-1 rout of South Korea in the Round of 16 of the World Cup on 5 December.

Paqueta has not hit the ground running since his big-money move to the London Stadium over the summer and Forrest is blaming Moyes for not getting the best out of him.

Via Twitter, he wrote, “I think it’s fair to say that #WHUFC (Moyes) doesn’t get the best out of Lucas Paqueta.”

Pretty blatant

Forrest isn’t mincing his words there and is clearly blaming the manager for failing to get Paqueta out of second gear in the Premier League.

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We would like to disagree with the Canadian to an extent as the entire fault of it cannot be attributed to Moyes, even though he does deserve a bit of criticism.

The Brazilian has never played in a league as pacy as the Premier League and most players coming from foreign leagues tend to take time in their initial months.

Paqueta has played at AC Milan and Lyon prior to joining West Ham and both those teams play in leagues that are far slower.

Thus, as a midfielder, he gets more time on the ball and is not being closed down as quickly as he does in England’s top flight.

Apart from that, when he plays for Brazil, his side is expected to dominate possession and win most if not all games they play.

This means that he can play with more freedom without the same kind of concern as he does when he’s donning a Hammers jersey.

Sure, Moyes can utilise him better and build the team around him, but to say that it’s all his fault is a bit naive.