David Moyes absolutely must set his West Ham side up to go for the jugular against Tottenham today.
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The Hammers are currently sitting six points ahead of Spurs in the Premier League table.
A win today would see West Ham jump above Chelsea into fourth spot in the table, five points ahead of Liverpool and a massive nine clear of Tottenham.
West Ham have to learn from past mistakes. We have shown way too much respect to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool already this season. And that ended up costing us dearly.
Let’s go for it today. Get right in amongst them. Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham team are there for the taking today.
West Ham need to set the tone
David Moyes has a difficult decision on his hands with Michail Antonio allegedly ready to play today.
The Scot needs to be careful with Michy, however. And if we are going to bring the right blend of pace, skill and energy to the game today, Moyes absolutely needs to start with a front four of Said Benrahma, Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen.
Last time we played Tottenham, Moyes set up with a back five and we were torn apart inside the first half.
Vladimir Coufal operated too far forward in the wing-back role and Heung-Min Son exploited the space left behind by the Czech all afternoon.
With this in mind, West Ham should revert to a flat back four today with Coufal, Issa Diop, Craig Dawson and Aaron Cresswell sitting in front of Lukasz Fabianski.
The two central midfielders pick themselves with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek having been in such great form this season.
West Ham need perfect blend of flair, energy and endeavour
Having a front four of Fornals, Lingard, Benrahma and Bowen will then give us just the right blend of attacking flair, energy and hard-work. We need to press from the front today and there aren’t many better at doing that than Fornals and Lingard.
The Spaniard, who earns £58k-a-week according to WT Foot, has found himself out of the team recently. Today’s game against Spurs suits him perfectly, however. His ability to aggressively press from the front and willingness to defend will afford Said Benrahma the luxury of playing more off a free role.
West Ham have to set up today with the intention of beating a wounded Tottenham. David Moyes cannot afford to give them any kind of lift whatsoever before the game by selecting a negative, defensive team.
Today is a massive opportunity. We cannot have any regrets when the full-time whistle blows.