Slav has one big decision for Chelsea game


andre-ayew-west-ham_3766957Slaven Bilic has one major decision to make as he looks at his team selection for tonight’s clash against Chelsea at the London Stadium.

All the reports we are getting here at ClaretandHugh are that bar any late accidents Andy Carroll is fit to return for his first match since the Southampton win.

But the manager has to decide whether he is going to stick with Sofiane Feghouli – who has found some form over recent games – or opt to give record signing Andrew Ayew his chance as the man to play off the target man.

It seems the odds are tipped slightly in favour of the Ghana international getting the nod  in a side which will see Michail Antonio missing through suspension.

The rest of the team picks itself and we expect the line-up to look like this: Randolph, Kouyate, Reid, Fonte Cresswell; Snodgrass, Noble, Obiang, Lanzini, Ayew Carroll: Subs: Adrian, Byram, Nortveidt, Fernandes, Collins, Feghouli, Calleri

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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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  • dsdavis6 says:

    Is this the team that picks itself? Kouyate isn’t a right back and this isn’t just off the back of the pen incident. He is simply wasted there for me. The problem is, it’s very hard to drop a captain and it’s not to say he is playing badly but at the moment we have two players that are better in the centre than he is. I’d prefer Byram in for nobes. Give Ayew a chance up top and keep Carroll on the bench for some impact later. No point rushing him into his next inevitable injury.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    We looked a lot better when Byram was at right back but yet another abject performance against a top 6 team, three goals in the game all from appalling defending, I should have recorded the game and speeded up to see what it would be like if we passed the ball with any pace, for those that think Slav is the answer I am sorry but this is yet more evidence that unless he changes his approach to training and gets the team fit enough to last 90 minutes and keep pressure on the ball then we are due for another season of mediocrity next season and a poor finish to this one. He has the players with a few additions we could be a top 6 team, that Chelsea team were there for the taking, they were pretty average and yet we moved the ball slowly and kept letting them get men behind the ball it was just too easy for them, yet again very disappointing.

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