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Fabianski, Kehrer, Coufal: Moyes has problems to solve

David Moyes has problems to solve as West Ham prepare to face Brentford.

The Hammers lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Boxing Day to extend their losing run to four games.

The Bees clash is a huge one, and Moyes now has to make a call over his starting XI.

Lukasz Fabianski conceded a very poor goal when he allowed Gabriel Martinelli’s strike from an acute angle to slip into the bottom corner, nor was it his first error of the season.

Alphonse Areola was signed in the summer to be a backup but one has to wonder if the France international’s time is now; he could be brought in to the XI for the upcoming London derby.

There was also a very erratic display from Thilo Kehrer at centre-back – he has not looked comfortable in that position, nor at right-back – and there remain question marks over his ability to play at the highest level.

We’ve got to hope, then, that Moyes has the option to bring Nayef Aguerd into the XI, if he has recovered from the injury he sustained while impressing for Morocco at the World Cup.

And Vlad Coufal was twice at fault for Arsenal scoring at the Emirates, so there may be a question over his selection too; Ben Johnson will naturally be hoping for a start.

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7 comments on “Fabianski, Kehrer, Coufal: Moyes has problems to solve

  1. Areola has to come in and Kehrer has to go out. Coufal was brilliant first half against Arsenal. Not sure where you are the two mistakes leading to goals. Rice was completely at fault for first goal, fab at fault for second and Kehrer for third. Strange how people pick on cerrainnpjayers. Apart from dawson he was our best player. Cresswell, Soucek also gave to be dropped and Fornals has to start.

    • And then Moyes blames Benny for the goal Rice gave away

      • A great exampje why he has his favourites. He was totally wrong to blame Benrahma. Rice was dire in the second half..

    • Coufal should not have been kept on the field once he was booked and Bowen was also carded. At half time Johnson could in have been introduced. Instead Coufal just could not get tight to Martinelli any longer and Bowen couldn’t both cover him, make a challenge himself and also help Antonio attack. Not replacing the right back who was on a yellow destroyed out defence and only attacking outlet. Moyes is a moron who cannot read a game and react to a situation.

  2. I didn’t notice Coufal being at fault for two goals either. And as for Moyes blaming Benny for one of the goals, well, he would wouldn’t he! According to Moyes everything is Benny’s fault. That would probably include the team selection, team tactics and maybe even the recent player transfers into the club. So regarding the form of Kehrer, Paquetta and Scamacca – it’s all Benny’s fault! Well, Benny and the Jets. LOL

  3. The biggest problem David Moyes has to solve is with himself. I believe the poor form and inconsistency we see in so many players is down to players lack of confidence in what Moyes is asking them to do. The players are asked to do the same thing week in, week out and they know itโ€™s not working and opponents have worked us out.

  4. Definitely believe Areola should play against Brentford. Coufal, like the majority of the team, went AWOL in the 2nd half against Arsenal. So Johnston at RB. Really should get Aguerd back in to partner Dawson (we’d probably lost 6-1 if it wasn’t for him). Kehrer remains a mystery but Moyes has to find his best position and quickly. Don’t know if Scamaca will be fit enough to start either so Antonio looks like he’ll be the lone striker ๐Ÿ™
    Whatever the starting 11 they need to play for 90 mins+ and Moyes needs to start the 2nd half with guile (not going all defensive if Brentford up their game) to get the 3 points on the board.

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