Friday, March 31

Time for West Ham to make defensive changes and bring in Collins, Masuaku and Adrian?

This week's Evening Standard has suggested that Bilic might drop  Aaron Cresswell in favour of Arthur Masuaku. Cresswell hasn't found anything like last season's form and perhaps the serious knee injury he suffered in pre-season has affected him more than we know. 

Masuaku might have had a 'mare at West Brom earlier in the season, but he looked half-decent before that and was very effective going forward when he came on as a sub against Leicester. On that form he deserves another chance. 

There's a case for shaking up the whole defence. With Reid out I'd prefer to see James Collins play alongside Fonte (who's lucky to keep his place on recent form) and Kouyate restored to the midfield to replace the injured Obiang. Ginger Pele might be slowing, but he has the leadership qualities we currently lack and might be able to nurse the raw but promising Byram through games and tell him when to stay back while closing games out. 

Darren Randolph was at fault for Leicester's first so he might justifiably be replaced with Adrian, who was dropped after his own clanger against Stoke. There's not much between them as 'keepers, but it's possible Adrian might organise his defence more effectively.

Conceding 17 goals in eight games just isn't good enough, so West Ham have to try every possible remedy. While we also need a captain's performance from Mark Noble in front of the back four at Hull. Against a bottom three side we have to get a result.


bubbles said...

I was happy with you post until it came to the Noble comment . We do need him . Fernandez is a young man with talent and athletisism which is what we need in midfield not ponderous sideways and backwards passing . Kouyate and Fernandez should be the core of our midfield not yesterdays hero . Keep him on the bench to keep his ever diminishing group of follows happy .


Pete May said...

We need a big performance from Noble because at times he's underperformed and also need some leadership. I'd opt for Noble's experience but agree Fernandez a promising talent and another option.

mj said...

Ahh the good old west ham way! Yet another relegation fight! Who needs boring big Sam and safety?