Paul Lambert has credited former Stoke City winger, Marko Arnautovic, ahead of their tie with West Ham United on Monday.
The Austrian signed for The Hammers in the summer of 2017 in a deal worth up to £25m after submitting a formal transfer request to Mark Hughes. It was a transfer record for West Ham who also added Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart to their ranks during the window.
Speaking ahead of Monday night’s showdown, Lambert revealed his admiration for the 28-year old and celebrated his previous achievements with the club.
“He’s a very good player,” said the Scot.
“I watched him last weekend against Chelsea and I thought he was very good. He was very strong and I know he did well here.
I don’t know the lad myself, but he looks a good player – he had some good years here and scored a lot of goals, and assists.”
Despite his obvious talent and recent performances, Lambert knows what his side must do to stop Arnautovic.
He said: “When you loose guys like that it’s obviously a big chunk of your goals in your team.
“It’s a big loss. For whatever reason he left the club, he’s West Ham’s player and we have got to stop him.”
The winger has been in excellent form this season and is currently The Hammers’ top goalscorer with nine goals. His previous antics have left a sour taste for Stoke City’s faithful after claiming that West Ham is a “bigger and more ambitious club,” compared to The Potters.