Leroy: Dodgy Everton defence offers hope


LEROY (1)The Hammers will put out a patchwork team today but let’s get this right from the start, managers are paid to find solutions – that’s their job!

Let’s get the obvious weak spot out of the way first – the right back position and for me the answer is fairly obvious. We need someone in there who knows the job of full back even if it is his weaker side.

As a result, should Aaron Cresswell be fit – which we believe he is – then either he or Arthur Masuaku should be used. They know the full back role and although it is not an ideal solution  it is the best.

Everton are on the cusp of a top six place – precisely where we though the Hammers would be – and today would be a great time to show that we have the ability to lose our nerves and put on a real performance because I am sure West Ham have it in them.

Romelu Lukaku has to be stopped and the key to that is in not allowing him to turn and run at you. It can be done – I’ve seen it but we will need to be absolutely spot on for 90 minutes.

Everton like to play high so that means there is always space in behind them where Phil Jagielka – despite some improvement over recent games – isn’t the best, and along with Ashley Williams is quite slow by Premier League standards.

That gives us a  chance with the likes of Lanzini moving forward at pace and the possibility of Sakho or Ayew being involved.

Everton are a decent side but not unbeatable in any sense  as has been shown by the likes of Palace and Leicester City and with the stakes high, the Irons really need to produce that performance I’ was talking about.

The visitors have a fantastic record against us and I can’t see an Irons win but I reckon a 1-1 or 2-2 draw is possible.

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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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