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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

“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.

“I don’t have to explain the decision, especially during the game, but Antonio was ready so Antonio was the change.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United confronts fourth official David Coote during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United confronts fourth official David Coote during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

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