So Andy Carroll is missing again and Diafra Sakho with just half an hour behind him looks likely to start for the Hammers tomorrow.
Here’s the truth the Hammers board will surely know by know we can’t go on like this.
And that means at the end of the season they have to assess every single aspect of the Carroll thing and come to some decision because it must be driving Slaven Bilic nearly insane.
Week after week he is having to change the formation simply because he has a player in the key position and can never rely on him being fit.
It’s another reason why the manager should not be left to shoulder the blame for an awful season and a big issue for the board when they come to their review of the campaign.
I don’t know the answer but have said before in a perfect world reckon the time has come to get rid because no manager can cope with such a situation.
Personally, I’d always go with Sakho because there is more in his game than AC’s and that’s not to knock the fella – he’s very good at what he does but I prefer Sakho’s movement and pace.
So ideally let’s move AC on and bring in two or three front men because Calleri to has to go. I can see nothing in his game at all.
So tomorrow it’s Stoke who are always a tough call on their own ground and that is far from easy despite their lack of any recent form.
But it’s not so much City but our own lack of a cutting edge which I see as the problem. Hopefully Slaven will start Sak and we must hope he is getting sufficiently up to speed to provide that vital finishing power
Nortveidt was impressive in midfield last week and although Mark Noble is fit, the Norwegian deserves to hold his place on last week’s display.
If not it’s gonna be another tough old 90 minutes when we will need more of the same of last week’s performance and the danger of a defeat is always there.
But I’m an Iron and an optimist so I’m going for the draw.