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West Ham's Argentines struggling at Upton Park

West Ham's Argentines struggling at Upton Park

West Ham's two Argentines aren't enjoying themselves at Upton Park _ with one storming off after being substituted and the other struggling to break into the team.
Striker Carlos Tevez left the ground after being substituted in West Ham's 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the English Premier League on Saturday _ a match midfielder Javier Mascherano again watched from the bench.
The Argentine internationals have struggled to adapt to English soccer since their high-profile and mysterious arrival on Aug. 31 from Brazilian side Corinthians.
Tevez has played 10 times and has yet to score. But he's only completed all 90 minutes for two matches.
Pardew said he was "very disappointed" that Tevez immediately left the group after he was substituted for tactical reasons and is expected to fine him for his behavior.
"That's only happened to me once before as a manager and it's disrespectful to my staff, the players and myself," Pardew said. "I'll listen to his excuse _ I'm sure it's only disappointment _ but there's no reason to do that. We won't have that kind of indiscipline here at West Ham United and Carlos has got to give me a big explanation on Monday morning."
At least Tevez is getting the chance to play _ Mascherano last played on Oct. 22.
Mascherano has only played six times for West Ham this season _ twice in the UEFA Cup and four times in the league. During his last game, he was bitten on the arm by Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.
Mascherano has been kept out of the team by Hayden Mullins, who scored the winner on Saturday.
"Remember, Javier Mascherano is also desperate to play and, alongside Carlos, his attitude in training _ just like our professionalism towards both of them _ has been first-class," Pardew said. "But Hayden has a bit more experience and Premiership power than Javier so he just gets the nod right now. In fact, he was the pick of our players again."
The futures of the Argentines have been in doubt since West Ham's takeover by an Icelandic consortium led by Eggert Magnusson on Nov. 21. Tevez and Mascherano joined the club in a deal brokered by Iranian-born Kia Joorabchian, who was also bidding to buy West Ham.
Unusually for English soccer players, their contracts are owned by a third party.
"We will try to sort out the situation with them, but it's not easy to come to England when you don't speak the language," Magnusson told BBC Radio on Sunday. "It's a totally different mentality, but it's up to the manager. He has to decide what to do with them.
"But they have the ability to succeed in England. We will tackle the problem."
Magnusson also said Sunday he was interested in signing striker Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelsea. The England international has started just 15 of 51 appearances for the Blues following his move from Manchester City in 2005.
"He has not been playing regularly at Chelsea, but he's a good player and he has great possibilities to do well," Magnusson told BBC Radio. "Alan has told me he has already asked Chelsea about him. I know (Chelsea chief executive) Peter Kenyon well and I think we will sit down and try to find the right fee, whatever that might be."