West Ham face Tottenham on Sunday following a two-week break from Premier League action. And David Moyes has somewhat of a selection headache.
The Hammers have been in fine form of late.
We won our last two games against Wolves and Leicester 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. And we are now sitting comfortably in mid-table.
Sunday’s game against Spurs will be a real indicator of how far we have come under Moyes.
And the 57-year-old Scot faces somewhat of a selection headache ahead of the Tottenham clash.
Issa Diop has missed West Ham’s last two Premier League games, but he is back and available for selection according to Football.London.
Craig Dawson has also been brought in on loan from Watford. So Moyes must decide whether or not to drop Fabian Balbuena in favour of either Diop or Dawson.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it
The Scot needs to be brave, however, and keep the Paraguay international in the starting line-up for Sunday’s visit to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 29-year-old joined the Hammers from Brazilian side Corinthians in the summer of 2018 for around £4 million (Football.London).
He enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at the London Stadium, but has struggled ever since then.
Balbuena has been superb for West Ham in our last two games, however.
Sure, the 29-year-old is not the quickest of defenders, but he is a great reader of the game and there are not many better centre-backs in the air.
Bringing a slightly rusty Issa Diop back into the side with an in-form Heung-Min Son bombing down the left flank could be a dangerous move from Moyes.
He needs to keep faith in Balbuena. The Paraguayan is a very good defender, and he has proven that during the last two games.
It won’t be easy to take a positive result away from north London. But the West Ham players should be very confident in their chances of doing just that.
First and foremost, Moyes must keep the same team and resist the urge to mix things up at the back.
Teams who defend properly rely on cohesion and a good understanding between each player.
And that is something we certainly have at the moment. If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it.