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Here’s what the Irons must do to beat Spuds

CandH’s Dave Langton sees a big chance for the Irons if they can stop one man on Saturday

 

Son Heung-Min poses the biggest question West Ham will have to answer this weekend.

The South Korea international will almost certainly play for Spurs on Saturday with a Champions League semi-final against Ajax looming.

The first leg will take place on Tuesday, with Spurs having beaten Manchester City over two legs, but Son is suspended, meaning there is no need for him to have a rest this weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini, then, will have to set his team up to stop the threat he presents.

We reckon that this is likely to be the Irons team: Fabianski; Zaba, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Rice; Antonio, Noble, Anderson, Masuaku; Arnautovic.

Zabaleta will need a fair degree of protection if Son plays on the left, but he is so two-footed that both he and Cresswell need supporting.

That means Masuaku will have to take care of his defensive duties, while Antonio will have to track back; he is perhaps the only player in the team who can match Son for pace.

Stopping him is key because Spurs do not have much of a goal threat elsewhere.

Their late winner against Brighton came from midfield, as Christian Eriksen fired home from range.

Fernando Llorente will likely play up top, with Vincent Janssen, the striker who played for the club for the first time since 2017 on Tuesday, his back up.

Lucas Moura is likely to get a rest to keep him fresh for the clash with Ajax.

And that could turn out to be a running theme. The likes of defenders Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters, along with midfielder Oliver Skipp, could all play with perhaps the games against Ajax being considered the biggest in Spurs’ history.

If Pellegrini does pick the team we’ve selected, the Hammers have a good chance of becoming the first team to beat Spurs at their new stadium.

But Son needs to be stopped big time!

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.
 

One comment on “Here’s what the Irons must do to beat Spuds

  1. So hoping we can beat them whatever team they send out !!! Hopefully with all the 4th to 6th teams floundering they will be tempted to send out an understrength team although Llorente, Jannsen or Son are all good players with the two reserves having impressive scoring stats at their previous clubs.

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