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‘Like a training cone’ – talkSPORT pundit tears into West Ham ace after latest WC display

Hugh Woozencroft has torn into Lucas Paqueta after the West Ham United midfielder was involved in Brazil’s dramatic World Cup exit to Croatia, writes the WestHamZone.

The 25-year-old featured for the full 90 minutes in a deeper-lying midfield role alongside Casemiro before being replaced in extra time by Fred.

The talkSPORT host was less than impressed with his performance and felt he was chasing shadows for much of the game.

“Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United was like a training cone for most of that game, he just didn’t know where to go,” said Woozencroft (The Game Podcast, 30m53s, 10 November).

“He’s not a natural holding midfielder and when Brazil didn’t have the ball he just chased shadows. He was left out there for far too long.”

A lot has been made about where Paqueta’s best position is and at the moment he would benefit from specialising in one role. He hasn’t quite adapted to the Premier League yet, and operating in a deeper role for Brazil is probably not doing him the world of good.

Against a superb Croatian midfield three who are experts at keeping the ball, he really struggled to contain them and was less effective going forward. However, when Brazil played South Korea, the midfielder was far more effective in a deeper-lying role, potentially because the calibre of the opposition was far lower.