Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino has laid the blame for last Saturay’s defeat at the feeet of Slaven Bilic.
He told The Times: “Slaven Bilic must take responsibility for West Ham United’s loss against Spurs.
“He set his stall out and had Javier Hernandez in his favourite position down the middle, Michail Antonio on the flanks and Andy Carroll on the bench — a plan that looked like it was working. Then, Antonio gets injured, Carroll comes on and Hernandez is moved to the right. Why didn’t he put on Andre Ayew?
“After that, Tottenham were so comfortable and West Ham fell apart. They went 3-0 down before you knew it and Bilic played a big part in that. He went for the easy option. You should go to Carroll when you are in trouble. It made Tottenham’s job far easier. West Ham were making it difficult for Spurs until they reverted to the style they played against Huddersfield.”
Why did he not put on Ajew? Well, maybe cause Ajew is far to slow? Would not been able to play the Antonio role. As I recall, there were simply no players on the bench with any pace, accept Masuaku. He should have directed Arnoutovic to the right wing and bring in Masuaku for the left wing. That would have kept the system alive.
Sakho was on the bench and has pace.
Agreed Sakho was the sub to make. Ayew the alternative.
Byram played right wing for Leeds.
Given Masuaku was brought on to play left wing later in the game, it isn’t too crazy an idea to suggest that even he could’ve been an option.
But instead compromised 2 positions, that had a consequence on the rest, and the rest is history.
19th after six games and we still have Bilic . Three points against a newly promoted side is the only game we have won , and that wasn’t anything to shout about either . If we don’t get three points from Swansea then sadly , Bilic has to go . No ifs or buts . This squad is capable of a lot more . It’s embarrassing now and more excuses are only delaying the enevitable. Might just as well throw eleven players onto the pitch and tell them to get on with it . It’s getting very obvious we need a change . Say what you want but Bilic is just wrong for West Ham United , full stop . There is no way we should be where we are . No amount of clever talk and stats and , oh he’s a nice bloke , but …… it’s time to say adios .