Lucas Perez was far from happy on Sunday despite his side finally winning a league game.
The Hammers came away from Goodison Park with an impressive and deserved 3-1 win at the weekend, but Lucas Perez didn’t get to play any of it because he never warmed up.
Debuchy-crippler, Marco Arnautovic picked up an injury around an hour into the game but when the West Ham manager looked around to see who was ready to replace him, the 30-year-old was, apparently, just sitting there.
“It is very simple,” Manuel Pellegrini said after the game. “When Marco had a problem with his knee I wanted to put Lucas but he was sitting on the bench and Michail was ready. We had already taken too long over the substitution so I put Antonio on.
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“I don’t have to explain the decision, especially during the game, but Antonio was ready so Antonio was the change.”
Lucas has played just 121 minutes this season for the Hammers with 81 of those coming in the League Cup. To put that into perspective, Jack Wilshere has played 334 minutes for West Ham this season and he’s already out with an ankle injury.