West Ham United boss David Moyes is a man fighting for a future in the game.

The Scot was handed an 18-month deal when he replaced Manuel Pellegrini.

But he has won just one Premier League match from six so far.

That has seen West Ham plunged into the relegation zone with 13 games to go.

Six of those matches see the Hammers come up against the current top 10.

Photo by Arfa Griffiths West Ham United FC via Getty Images

Moyes facing career defining battle

It looks like an uphill battle.

If Moyes can somehow keep West Ham up from this position he will undoubtedly be retained for the final year.

If the Hammers drop, he will have to go. And if that happens then his career in top level management will surely be over after a succession of sackings.

At least the manager will be highly motivated to turn things around if nobody else is.

After bringing in Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek before the January transfer deadline Moyes suddenly has options where before there were few.

And he will have to make some tough decisions if West Ham are to gel as a team and get themselves out of this mess.

Photo by Stephen Pond Getty Images

No passengers means no Noble

In goal there is no disputing that Lukasz Fabianski is the man.

Pablo Zabaleta is infinitely more reliable, experienced and defensively sound than the hapless Ryan Fredericks. But on pace and energy alone the latter will get the nod…just.

 

Fabian Balbuena is too slow and has woeful distribution. So Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna must continue in central defence despite a poor showing in twice surrendering two-goal leads last time out in the 3-3 draw with Brighton.

Aaron Cresswell is easily the left-back pick with the laughable Arthur Masuaku the only competition. How Masuaku is a West Ham player is anyone’s guess and if West Ham stay up he must be one of the first out of the door in the summer.

Declan Rice is the first name on the teamsheet alongside Fabianski. He should be partnered in central midfield by Tomas Soucek.

He may be the captain but Mark Noble has proved he is no longer up to it at Premier League level.

Noble has been a passenger for most of the season and West Ham need energy.

Photo by Arfa Griffiths West Ham United FC via Getty Images

New boy Bowen leapfrogs Fornals and Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass would just about gets the nod over Pablo Fornals.

His workrate, set-piece delivery and attitude pips the Spaniard. But the arrival of Bowen means he leapfrogs both as West Ham need inspiration, pace and goals. And they need them now.

Michail Antonio starts on the other side.

And Sebastien Haller is the striker – hopefully with more support and service than he has been used to this season.

The starting XI Moyes must pick to to keep West Ham up:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Anderson, Bowen, Antonio, Haller.

Have something to tell us about this article?