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Struggling West Ham United take on Everton this weekend where a lack of options may tempt Manuel Pellegrini into a Silva surprise.

Not Toffees boss Marco Silva but his compatriot and new West Ham signing Xande Silva instead.

The Portuguese striker was brought in as one for the future and was the least high profile of West Ham’s 10 summer recruits.

But judging by West Ham’s dismal start, by the end of the season he could prove to be their best.

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Striking lack of options up front

West Ham have lost all four of their Premier League games under Pellegrini so far.

Bottom of the fledgling table and the only club in England with zero points.

In many respects the only way is up for the Hammers.

Much of their problems so far stem from their profligacy in front of goal which meant they failed to kill off home games against Bournemouth and Wolves when on top as well as the away game at Arsenal.


There is already an over reliance on the hot and cold Marko Arnautovic in a lone striker role to which he is still adjusting.

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Every cloud has a Silva lining?

West Ham only have the ageing and ineffectual Javier Hernandez in reserve.

So many Hammers fans have been calling on Pellegrini to throw Silva in at the deep end after five goals in his three Premier League 2 games since joining the club – including a hat-trick against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Silva has been nominated for the PL2 Player of the Month award (

Pellegrini could do a lot worse than spring a Silva surprise on Everton.

At 21-years-old the Portugal youth international cannot be considered too young to be given a chance.

If anything there is no time like the present and with strikers it is all about confidence.

Silva will be brimming with it and that could be just what Pellegrini and West Ham need to kickstart their campaign.

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