Tuesday, July 31

What is West Ham's strongest side?

It's quite hard to pick a best eleven from the WHU squad after the summer signings. My line-up would probably be this: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Anderson, Obiang, Wilshere, Yarmolenko; Arnautovic, Hernandez. Plus a very strong bench selected from Noble, Antonio, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Rice, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Hugill and Adrian. Plus there are long-term injured players Lanzini, Carroll and Reid to come into contention eventually. 

There might be a case for playing Zabaleta instead of Fredericks for his experience and retaining Noble for his leadership instead of Obiang, while Kouyate is another option if he stays. There's not much between Adrian and Fabianski and Rice could also warrant a place in midfield or defence for some games and Ogbonna is another option at the back. While Masuaku is better going forward than Cresswell but might struggle in a four-man defence. Antonio, if he gets fit and stays, will be a great impact sub to bring on. Some of the new signings might take time to adjust, so it's all pretty fluid. It's quite a quandary selecting the best X1, but apart from looking short of strikers, it's a significantly stronger squad this season.

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