Slav suggests more players may be dropped

andrew-ayew-west-ham_3766955Slaven Bilic has indicated he may make some surprise changes in the line-up to meet Leicester City today at the London Stadium.

With Mark Noble missing through injury, the boss may be ready to shock one or two other regular first teamers after the dire performance at Bournemouth.

He describes the much called for swap of Kouyate from right back to midfield as simply “one of my options” although it’s natural he refuses to give too much away.

Discussing the team selection issues he said: ““Maybe we’re going to make a few changes, not only because some of the guys didn’t play well but also because some of the guys have been waiting for their chance and when they came on were really good and deserve the chance to start.”

Sam Byram ...growing up

Sam Byram …growing up

The three he is talking about are Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew and Sam Byram although the Scots winger was playing with an injury; Byram helped set up the equaliser scored by Ayew, before being too far up field to help defend the winner, and Ayew himself then gave the ball away for the third.

Aaron Cresswell also had a shocker and there have been widespread suggestions the regular left back could lose his place to Arthur Masuaku.

Should Snodgrass play that would presumably mean that Antonio remains as Carroll’s partner rather than moving him back to his best position out wide. There is also the Jose Fonte question – a player who has looked uncertain – and was responsible for a penalty giveaway.

It’s a hard on to call based on Slav’s thoughts but the starting line-up could well look like this  (4-4-2): Randolph, Byram, Reid, Fonte/Collins, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Kouyate, Obiang, Lanzini, Antonio and Carroll.








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2 comments on “Slav suggests more players may be dropped

  1. It’s gone beyond bromance, Hugh, if it’s really “a hard on to call”

  2. Getting more and more difficult to support Slaven , Hugh .
    We are worse without Noble . Bournemouth got Thier first win , Leicester will have Thier first away win .
    Some serious questions were raised and a campaign mounted to oust Alladyce .
    What the heck is Bilic doing to avoid the same treatment ?? .
    My only concern is West Ham United ,, Not , the reputation of one ex player .
    Nough said .

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