Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Philips on a six-month loan at West Ham had a debut to forget for the Hammers as he committed an unbelievable mistake just a few minutes on the pitch.
The midfielder left Manchester City in January after he failed to secure his place among the starting eleven. His performances were not good enough for Pep Guardiola to make him a starter at the City. In fact, the Catalan on different occasions refused to use him when his major competitor in the team, Rodri was not available for selection.
Kalvin Philips seeking playing time decided to join West Ham and to rebuild his confidence ahead of the Euro 2024. However, his debut for his new club was not good enough for a midfielder of his caliber.
He inadvertently set up Dominic Solanke to score the first goal before Ward-Prowse equalised in the second half to secure a point for David Moyes’ side against Bournemouth.
Kalvin Phillips received a pass from Kurt Zouma on the edge of the area, however, the French defender had not accounted for the oncoming Ryan Christie, who had pressed his new teammate.
In his effort to recover the situation, Phillips mistakenly played in Dominic Solanke before the striker calmly tucked past Alphonse Areola to give the Cherries the lead.
Solanke had been in an offside position, meaning that the goal would have been ruled out if Christie’s was the last touch.
Speaking after the match, Moyes admitted Kalvin Phillips was not up to speed as he endured a nightmare debut.
“It’s not a goal we concede too often and it gave them a leg up,” said Moyes.
“Then we had to perform and we weren’t at a level to do that. It wasn’t as good as it should have been.
“Kalvin’s fine, he got best part of 70 minutes in. I said before we might have to go a bit gently with him.
“I thought as the game went on he was starting to get better, but he was a bit slow at the start and in getting into the way we play.”