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Evra will flop, says former Hammer

Filed: Thursday, 8th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

One of West Ham's former strikers believes that Patrice Evra will struggle to make an impact in the Premier League.

Craig Bellamy, who played for the Hammers during Alan Curbishley's tenure has warned the former French international to expect a tough time when he makes his return to England's top flight at the tender age of 36.

According to the former Welsh international, Evra is not the same player he was as recently as four years ago - adding that he expects him to feature sporadically, if at all.

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"He hasn't been the same player in the past four or five years," Bellamy told Sky. "His last year at Juventus was really poor, and he isn't the same player he was when he was at Manchester Utd four years ago.

"Age catches up with you, and he's in that position. It's a great move for him and his experience will be great for a club like West Ham, but I don't believe they're going to get much out of him playing-wise."

However Bellamy's pessimism wasn't shared by fellow panellist Charlie Adam, who believes Evra - who was booted out of Marseille after kicking an abusive supporter - will make the most of his short spell in east London.

"I think it's an excellent move for both parties," Adam added. "He's an experienced player, who will get them going, he's a lively character too. What he did [at Marseille] was wrong and he paid the price for it, but I'm surprised no other Premier League side came in for him."

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