West Ham United absolutely have to beat Wolves in the Premier League at the London Stadium next weekend.
If we don’t we could be in real trouble.
David Moyes is already under real pressure and nothing less than three points will do, if the Scot is to get his side’s season back on track.
One of the main criticisms of Moyes so far this season has been his stubbornness and resistance to change.
It’s the same players who are letting him down, week in week out. And some changes are needed for West Ham United’s clash with Wolves. There is just no getting around that…
The only lineup that makes sense for West Ham against Wolves
Firstly, Moyes quite simply has to drop Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Aaron Cresswell, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio.
Alphonse Areola, Ben Johnson, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet, Emerson, Said Benrahma and Gianluca Scamacca should come in.
That’s a lot of changes but Moyes doesn’t have any other option. Not only does he need to change the personnel but he needs to mix up the formation and tactics as well.
He has been widely criticised for his poor decision making so far this season, as outlined by The Daily Mail.
The Scot should set up his West Ham team against Wolves in a 4-3-3 formation with Downes sitting in the middle behind Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta.
Then up front, Cornet and Benrahma need to be really close to Scamacca in the middle. That obviously leaves a lot of emphasis on Johnson and Emerson to provide the width, but they’re more than capable of doing that.
If Johnson isn’t ready to start after his injury, Moyes can move Thilo Kehrer out to right-back and slot either Angelo Ogbonna or Craig Dawson into central defence alongside Kurt Zouma.
The players on that pitch would be well capable of keeping the football and we could take the game to the opposition rather than sit back and wait for something to happen.
This is the only West Ham team that should be acceptable for David Moyes to choose on Saturday against Wolves at the London Stadium: