West Ham picked up their first point of the season last weekend. Javier Hernandez scored the goal as West Ham drew 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion at The AMEX Stadium.
The result was improved after the 5-0 loss against Manchester City but the performance was still disappointing. West Ham will feel lucky to come away with one point and Manuel Pellegrini knows he needs to change things this weekend.
Pellegrini’s men travel to Watford to take on Javi Gracia’s out-of-sorts Hornets side at Vicarage Road. Here are three changes Pellegrini could make before Saturday’s game against Watford.
Pellegrini grew frustrated with Jack Wilshere last week and hauled him off at half-time for Michail Antonio. Instead of repeating this, he might give Antonio a start against Watford.
The powerful English winger offers relentless running, physicality and an eye for goal. He impressed last time at Vicarage Road and could return to the starting line-up for this year’s visit.
Felipe Anderson missed the trip to Brighton after limping off against Man City in the opening game. However, Pellegrini has said that this was precautionary and Anderson has been training this week.
When fit, the Brazilian winger is West Ham’s most dangerous attacking outlet. If he is 100 per cent fit and available, it is a no-brainer for him to return to the starting line-up.
Although Chicharito scored, he offers less than Sebastien Haller as a complete centre-forward. Hernandez is useful for his fox-in-the-box style and clinical finishing. But Pellegrini could return to Haller to lead the line.
The Frenchman missed the trip to Brighton with a slight knock but he looked impressive against Man City. He stands at 6ft 3in tall and is capable of using both feet so Haller should be nailed on for a starting spot if he is fit.