The great thing about this season’s Hammers squad is the depth and breadth of having two quality players for every position, well almost.
Slaven Bilic likes to play a 4-2-3-1 formation although he says he doesn’t like to be restricted by set formations and likes his teams to be moire fluid throughout the game.
So here is my 4-2-3-1 team starting formation without Dimtri Payet or Enner Valencia, it assumes Alex Song, Angelo Ogbonna and Difra Sakho will be fit by the time we play Spurs at White Hart Lane after the International break.
At the back fallbacks Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson pick themselves even though James Tomkins did a very fine job as right back, Jenkinson is faster, gets forward more and has scored two goals this season. The first choice centre backs when fit have to be Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid for me, some might say that is harsh on an in-form James Tomkins but Ogbonna edges Tomkins for me.
The two defensive midfielders have to be Chek Kouyate and Alex Song when fit, I know this is hugely controversial to drop skipper and local lad Mark Noble to the bench but when fit and motivated Alex Song is world class. Mark Noble would be on my bench to replace Song if he didn’t deliver.
The attacking midfield would have an in-form Manuel Lanzini in the middle with Victor Moses and Mauro Zarate either side of him. I know many will say give Michail Antonio a chance but I would have him on the bench and gradually introduce to gain game time him if Moses didn’t deliver in the first half. He would need to prove himself to gain a first team starting place.
As for the one up front there can be no argument with Diafra Sakho as first choice striker.
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