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West Ham boss David Moyes has a big selection headache for Southampton clash
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West Ham boss David Moyes has a big selection headache for Southampton clash

West Ham boss David Moyes brought Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral to the London Stadium during the summer transfer window.

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The Hammers made a whole host of youth additions as well but it will be the four names mentioned above who will make a real impact this season.

West Ham seem to be in great shape to go on and push for a top six finish this season.

With the four new additions, Moyes has a far stronger set of options at his disposal.

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West Ham boss David Moyes has decisions to make for Southampton game

All four new signings obviously can’t be brought straight into the starting XI.

It could be argued that some changes are needed, however, in spite of our solid start to the season.

Alphonse Areola and Kurt Zouma quite simply must come in for our clash with the Saints.

Craig Dawson did a great job for us last season but he has looked suspect to say the least during our first few games this season. Zouma is an obvious upgrade on the 31-year-old centre-back.

Meanwhile, Lukasz Fabianski just doesn’t look like the goalkeeper he once was anymore. He is still very solid but rarely does he make a match-winning save. The 36-year-old does everything that is expected of him but never really drops a worldy.

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Fab certainly could have done better with Crystal Palace’s first goal on Saturday and Newcastle’s second goal on the opening day of the season. It’s time for Areola to step in. The 28-year-old is on another level to Fab.

Meanwhile, Vlasic and Kral need to bide their time.

There is no way the Croatian should replace Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals or Jarrod Bowen considering how they have started the season whilst Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek pick themselves. So Kral will have to be patient and try to impress Moyes as and when he is given the chance.

At least Moyes will have options from the bench with Vlasic and Kral to call upon as well as Lanzini and Yarmolenko.

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We think Moyes needs to make a big call and bring Zouma and Areola into the starting lineup for the Southampton game. Vlasic and Kral need to prove themselves first, however.