West Ham face Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night but who should start up front?

Manuel Pellegrini is faced with a selection dilemma here, with his options depleted.

Marko Arnautovic missed Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea and the Austrian will undoubtedly be rested for the cup.

Javier Hernandez has missed the last two games through illness but he might have recovered. Young striker Xande Silva, however, is out with a hamstring issue.

Here are Pellegrini’s options and we decide who should start as the central striker.

Javier Hernandez

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: West Ham United’s Javier Hernandez in discussion with referee Tim Robinson during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between AFC Wimbledon and West Ham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Chicharito, if fit, is the obvious choice up top. If he has shrugged off his illness, he will hope to terrorise the Macclesfield defence.

The Silkmen have been shaky at the back this season and the Mexico international’s experience will surely stand him in good stead.

Michail Antonio

Antonio was given a big chance to impress against Chelsea, playing as a centre forward.

 

But the 28-year-old did not threaten enough and his two glorious chances were both wasted.

Pellegrini could drop Antonio back to the bench or shift him to a wide position.

Lucas Perez

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Lucas Perez of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea FC at London Stadium on September 23, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Perez came off the bench against Chelsea. But the Spaniard hardly had any time or service to assert himself.

Perhaps the 30-year-old should be given a starting role as a striker in the cup to see what he can do.

The Verdict

Even if Arnautovic has recovered from his injury, he needs to be rested for Manchester United.

Hernandez might be back from illness, but he should be placed on the bench as an impact substitute.

It’s a straight pick between Antonio and Perez for me. And I cannot justify giving Antonio another run-out up top after his Chelsea display.

It is time for Perez to be given an opportunity to thrive up top while Antonio should start on the right wing.

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