Slav faces Byram decision

Sam-Byram-CelebratingWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic has a major decision to make with James Tomkins being absent from this evening’s squad against Manchester City.

The right back has been feeling a niggle all week and ClaretandHugh understands that he is unlikely to be involved in the squad for the exciting encounter.

We also have been told that new boy Sam Byram will be involved in the squad and the big question is whether he will make a hugely unexpected debut against third-placed City.

The manager appeared to make it clear at his pre-match press conference that the £3.7 million signing from Leeds is one for next year but the fascinating twist in the tale of today’s squad raises an engrossing possibility.

However, it looks more likely that the boss will plump for safety first by bringing Winston Reid back into central defence with Angelo Ogbonna slotting into the right back spot as the Hammers look to do the double over the visitors.



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11 comments on “Slav faces Byram decision

  1. I’m sure he will be starting on the bench, which makes it highly likely that he will make his debut, either in midfield or right-back.

  2. Why play a left footed center half at right back when we have two natural right backs in the squad??? 3 if you inclued job.. i think jenks will start with byram comming on in the second half..

  3. Why play a championship class defender who can’t tackle with either feet JENKINSON
    Or a 2nd division journeyman who has no fixed position JOB
    Before a right back that has while being on the pitch only let in 3 goals Tomkins,
    Or a 22 year old natural full back who could be as good as Cressie Bryram
    Bigger problem why play Noble before Obiang,Kouyate or Song who are natural defensive midfielders
    Slav knows best

  4. Its more likely that Jenks would start if Tompkins is fit, although if he wanted to be ultra defensive he could use JOB or Oxford, I would be happy to see Oxford given a chance if Tompkins isn’t fit, he is capable of playing that position.

  5. Without JT we’re doomed. City will tear us apart. :(((

  6. Dough
    Must be his right foot

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