‘Ashamed’ West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini will make sweeping changes to his side for the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
West Ham endured one of the worst nights in their modern history when they lost 4-2 to League One basement boys AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup at the weekend.
The defeat was hugely embarrassing for the club’s fans and Pellegrini.
The Chilean told the press this week he was ‘ashamed’ of the performance (Sky Sports).
It denied West Ham a place in the fifth round of what looks to be one of the most wide open FA Cup competitions for decades.
Only West Ham’s second half substitutes did themselves any justice against Wimbledon. All three had a hand in West Ham’s two goals when 3-0 down.
Now the Hammers face a trip to face Wolves at The Molineux on Tuesday nigh with a possible seventh place finish the best they have left to aim for.
And it will be a much-changed side which takes on Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Pellegrini will make as many as EIGHT changes to the team which started at Wimbledon.
Fabianski in for Adrian
Lukasz Fabianski is comfortably West Ham’s number one and Adrian’s flappy performance in the FA Cup defeat proved just how lucky the club are to have the Polish star.
Zabaleta in for Diangana
Grady Diangana may be an emerging youngster but he has been terrible for the Hammers barring his debut and a home game against Burnley. He was woeful at Wimbledon when given another chance to shine after signing a new long-term deal. Pablo Zabaleta will come back into the team at right-back and Michail Antonio – one of the only West Ham players to put a shift in for 90 minutes last time out – will replace Diangana on the right side of midfield.
Cresswell in for Masuaku
Arthur Masuaku quite simply is not good enough for West Ham and was one of the worst players on the pitch against a side that could be in League Two in four months. Aaron Cresswell has been steadily getting back to his old self and comes back into the side much to the relief of the club’s fans.
Rice in for Obiang
It is frightening how reliant West Ham are on 20-year-old Declan Rice already. His absence against Wimbledon was felt more than any other. Without him the team has no cohesion and the likes of Mark Noble are brutally exposed. Rice comes back in for another player who continues to disappoint, Pedro Obiang.
Anderson in for Snodgrass
Felipe Anderson was one of the few players to come away from the last game with his head held high. His second half cameo almost pulled West Ham out of a hole with a brave display and brilliant free-kick. He will replace Robert Snodgrass who worked hard but could not influence the game enough against the Dons.
Nasri in for Hernandez
Samir Nasri has impressed in his three games so far. His quality will be vital against Wolves and he will come back into the side for the utterly anonymous Javier Hernandez. West Ham’s highest paid player of all time was nothing short of disgraceful against Wimbledon putting in minimal effort and going through the motions more than anyone else on the pitch as well as wasting two or three very presentable opportunities.
Arnautovic in for Carroll
Marko Arnautovic might not be the most popular player with West Ham fans at the moment. But even the most ardent Hammer would struggle to argue a case to keep Andy Carroll in the team after another shocking display. He was dragged off at half-time once again and looks like a man who knows he is leaving the club in the summer.
West Ham predicted XI to face Wolves
Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Antonio, Rice, Noble, Nasri, Anderson, Arnautovic.