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Moyes has a near full pack to shuffle

David Moyes has a fully fit squad with the exception of Andriy Yarmolenko and David Martin from which to select his first Hammers team since returning to the club against Bournemouth tomorrow (Sat).

The pair are unavailable but with Lukasz Fabianski back there are no worries over the goalkeeping position and we understand the Ukranian international is around two weeks away from fitness.

Moyes has to decide whether he is going to play a back three against the Cherries although he may consider it too early after only having been on the training ground to make such a dramatic change of formation.

However, that seems to be an inevitability at some stage which will almost certainly see Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku as his wing backs.

The manager is also believed to be a fan of Manu Lanzini who could well find himself in tomorrow’s starting line  which could look like this:

Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Lanzini, Antonio, Fornals, Haller.

Should he go three at the back expect to see Masuaku in for Cresswell as it was Moyes who recognised he was not a defender and far more effective as a left sided midfielder.

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

23 comments on “Moyes has a near full pack to shuffle

  1. I’d like to see him go to three at back, two have played it under Moyes before

    Maybe 3-5-2 ….

    Fabianski

    Ogbonna-Diop-Cresswell

    Fredericks – Rice(C) – Masuaku
    Fornals – Anderson

    Haller – Antonio

  2. On a different theme ; fans planning a demonstration and boycott’s should have thier memberships revoked . They are horrible people who don’t have West Ham United at heart .
    The Club is trying so very hard to be a successful club and these IDIOTS are just like a bunch of ignorant , no nothings . Any time given to them by the media is disgusting . Just to make headlines .
    Yesss , it was me that said :: IDIOTS . as a writer on here asked not long ago .
    You are not Real Hamners Fans . ::: end of . I won’t hide behind a false name … my name is KEVIN .

    • You need to get out a little bit more Kevin.

    • So Kevin it’s quite ok for the Board to lie, to fail to deliver on their promises and to run the club like a circus… The fans just have to sit back and take it do they?

      • Be very intersted to know what you are gonna do Nick – that’s the real point

      • How have the board lied Nick? And what promises have they actually made and failed to deliver on?

      • Kevin is right in what he says.none like being a relegation situation but who would have thought for one minute under Pelle this would be the situation. This is the real world nobody can predict the future. It is not a matter of life and death just who you choose to watch every Saturday, if you don’t like it choose another team. It is staggering how angry and disrespectable people can be watching sport.

        • Well said Susan. The hatred and abuse is beyond words. Meanwhile people die on the streets and kids go to school hungry. Some simply have personality disorders to put it politely

    • Not a massive fan of protests but this lot have had ten years, seven managers, one relegation, forced us into a move to an unpopular stadium due to their own opportunism, now gone back to a previous manager, and here we are battling relegation again with wrong players. They should have realised their presence is not good for the club and gone. Unfortunately it appears there is a plan in place to keep it in the Sullivan clan

  3. Is wilshere really fit, Hugh?

  4. Not a massive fan of protests but this lot have had ten years, seven managers, one relegation, forced us into a move to an unpopular stadium due to their own opportunism, now gone back to a previous manager, and here we are battling relegation again with wrong players. They should have realised their presence is not good for the club and gone. Unfortunately it appears there is a plan in place to keep it in the Sullivan clan

    • Take a look at our History . We have never been a big club . Even if you love the club as I do it won’t change our History . We keep on supporting and loving our club and want to be successful , it’s the same dream as any fan at any club . Leaving the Boleyn was a very ambitious move and so was employing Pelligrini . You can’t fault ambition because without it you will never achieve anything . Now it’s a fight for survival but with the same ambition .
      Let’s hope for a good 2020 .
      COYHAMMERS

  5. The crucial question Hugh, is not what Nick is ‘going to do’, but why the Board and owners haven’t done what a) they should have done better, and b) what they have – variously – promised to do and failed to deliver. We are Hammers fans, not board members and owners. The least we should be able to expect from the Club’s board and owners is competent strategic leadership. Bringing Moyes back hardly signals competent strategic leadership. Why shouldn’t Nick et al propose a protest over the leadership of WHUFC? And Kevin and others can disagree, it’s their prerogative. It seems reasonable to ask crucial questions of the board and owners of WHUFC – as fans – and expect honest, sensible answers.

    • That’s no more than a repeat of what we’ve heard before. I’m interested to know what the fans are going to do. Up to them if they protest. Not my problem but if anyone believes it will make any difference when it’s known the club is going to stay in the family’s hands they are obviously wrong. I’m just interested in how it will change anything. I’ve said this a million times. They don’t have the dough to take us into the top six so what next? Just a question – nothing more. There was no other bidder in 2010 – there has been no bidder since apart perhaps from Red Bull but that was never genuinely confirmed so what’s the answer?

  6. How so you know it wont make any difference?

    Are you saying the protests at Burnley made no difference?

  7. What do these idiots with their board out manta hope to achieve? The owners are going nowhere. The only thing they are are guilty of in my opinion is being overly ambitious if anything.

  8. Let’s be realistic.Spurs would be at The London Stadium and We May have gotten relegated and stayed at Upton Park already,without any big names. All the other teams in London are building bigger and better stadiums,attracting better players than us.

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