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Hammers squad news just in

nortWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has included his three fit strikers – Simone Zaza Ashley Fletcher and Jonathon Calleri – in the squad for this evening’s game at Selhurst Park.

And at the back Havard Nortveidt (right) is included but 33 year old right back Alvaro Arbeloa is believed to have picked up a knock and is likely to miss the game.

Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble, Cheik Kouyate and Michail Antonio are likely to form the midfield quartet as the manager adopts a more defensive approach than normal in his search for a clean sheet with Winston Reid and James Collins at the heart of the defence and Aaron Cresswell making his return

The manager claimed in his press conference yesterday that he had more or less made his mind up on the team with the exception of the central striker but the view from inside the club is that Zaza is likely to get the shout as the starting option.

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ClaretandHugh also understands that Raphael Speigel is set to be the back up keeper for the game after Darren Randolph too picked up a training ground knock.

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6 comments on “Hammers squad news just in

  1. I agree with the others. Please back off . BE SUPPORTIVE OF THE MANAGER!
    Number one Zaza has not had the chance to play with another striker. How can anyone rate him if he hasn’t played in a formation he’s best suited? Yeah he is world class. You don’t get sold for that money for no good reason.
    We are supporters and nothing more.
    Come on you Irons !! Come on Zaza.!!

  2. Nooo! Why no Lanzini or Ogbonna?

  3. Agree 100% Ogbonna is our only class CH and any manager that leaves Lanzini on the bench must be mad,unless Antonio is playing up top in the middle and Lanzini and
    Payet are either side with the other 3 sitting behind,
    Zaza could learn by watching Antonio for half a dozen games and give Calleri a chance with Payet and Lanzini
    Or give Fletcher a chance,

  4. Where is Payet playing in this team ? I hope Arbeloa does play if not Antonio needs to support Nordveidt and double team Zaha, hope Fernandes is on the bench, he looks perfectly suited to a fast counter attacking game.

  5. another training ground knock. Incredible. What does Bilic do in training? Out of his depth.

  6. Don’t see him playing 2 up top so can see payet in there as well. I really hope this is not the starting line up. We surely only need two defensive midfielders and my choice would be obiang and kouyate. Also worried about Nortveidt at RB if he is up against Zaha.

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