Bilic set to give his big signing crucial role

Ayew celebrates after the equaliser at Watford

Ayew celebrates after the equaliser at Watford

Slaven Bilic looks set to make two changes to the West Ham side for the big Monday night London derby.

The manager has made it clear that Andy Carroll is virtually certain to return given his training ground progress but has remained silent on the Andre Ayew option.

The Ghana international and club’s record signing could be used as Carroll’s partner through the middle in the absence of Michail Antonio with Robert Snodgrass playing the wide right role.

The West Ham back-four is likely to remain unchanged, with  Cheikhou Kouyate set to continue at right-back – a role he has played during their last three Premier League outings.

Chelsea will pose a substantial attacking threat to West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, and Bilic looks certain to stik ith the defensive formation to keep the likes of  Eden Hazard and Pedro at bay.

Wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses will also be given a licence to bomb forward.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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