West Ham welcome Newcastle to the London Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League opener.

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The Hammers have all sorts of problems at the moment.

We have sold one of our best young players to a direct Premier League rival. At the same time, Moyes is still yet to strengthen his ranks.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have been on fire in the transfer market. They have completed the signings of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser ahead of Saturday’s clash with West Ham.

And many Hammers fans are dreading the prospect of taking on Steve Bruce’s Magpies side.

The thought of Callum Wilson scoring yet another goal against West Ham is lingering in all of our minds.

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Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

But another undoubted problem will be the pacy Allan Saint-Maximin running at Aaron Cresswell all afternoon.

 

David Moyes must be looking to counter this impending issue. And we think the Scot has one very obvious solution.

He must start Arthur Masuaku in the left-midfield position just ahead of Cresswell. We all know that the 26-year-old can’t operate efficiently as a left-back, but he is a lot more capable when deployed in a more advanced role.

His presence sitting just ahead of Cresswell will provide more solidarity and should enhance our chances of keeping Saint-Maximin quiet.

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Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The match ended up 2-2 the last time the two sides met. That was at St James’ Park, and Cresswell, 30, experienced problems all afternoon.

Masuaku, signed for £6 million in 2016 (Sky Sports), will not only be able to help the former Ipswich defender out in the defensive third, but he will also add some technical skill and dribbling ability to our attacking play.

Confidence is incredibly low at the London Stadium at the moment. Three points against Newcastle on Saturday will be vital if we are to turn the tide quickly.

And the best chance we have of doing that is for Moyes to select Masuaku as a left midfielder against the Toon.

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