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Hammers in a tactical corner

The Hammers may find themselves in a tactical corner as a result of Mikey Antonio’s injury worries!

The striker felt his hamstring in the 3-2 win over Wolves and, as such, the Irons are anxiously waiting for the results of a scan on the injury.

It seems unlikely he’ll play against Leicester this weekend.

So that leaves David Moyes in a bit of a bind as he looks to find the best way to beat the Foxes.

As we’re all painfully aware, there aren’t any other striker options, so a false nine system seems the best way to go.

It could be Jarrod Bowen, it could be Jesse Lingard, but it does seem as though it could make the Irons much easier to play against.

Mikey offers pace, strength, and the ability to have fluid interchanges between the forward line. When he drops off, someone else can fill in, as Lingard so often does. He is also fantastic at drifting wide and occupying a full-back, or at just making an exceptional dummy run – as he did for Lingard’s wonder goal v Wolves.

Without him, we don’t have that, and we’re asking either Bowen or Lingard to lead the line on their own.

Against a Leicester side with plenty of midfield muscle, and some excellent defensive talent in the likes of Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, and Caglar Soyuncu, that becomes a serious issue.

It is down to Moysie to sort it out and we don’t envy him one bit!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.