Date: 7th March 2018 at 6:18pm
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OPINION

West Ham must bin defender Patrice Evra at the weekend they host Burnley at the London Stadium in the Premier League.

The 36-year-old arrived in January and has looked well off the pace in his first two appearances in the league.

David Moyes’ side have been smashed 4-1 in back-to-back games since Evra was included and the veteran Frenchman is definitely past it.

He has been deployed as a left wing-back and simply doesn’t have the energy anymore to play in such a demanding role.

Evra was ripped apart in defeat to Liverpool and Swansea, which is why Moyes must axe him from the starting XI when they welcome seventh-placed Burnley.

West Ham have been dragged back into a relegation battle and can’t afford to carry any passengers in their team.

The main change that needs to be made ahead of Burnley is to abandon the three-man defence strategy as they don’t have the players in their squad to play wing-back, with Arthur Masuaku still sidelined through suspension.

The London-based club need to resort to a traditional back four and deploy Aaron Cresswell and Pablo Zabelta in the full-back areas, while Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins should be used as the centre-back combination.

Evra looked a risky signing when he arrived and fans can see from his start with the club that he is miles away from the player that used to be key for Manchester United.