West Ham went into the international break on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Brighton.

That ended a good period since the last one on a slightly sour note; but they will be hoping to get back on track as soon as possible.

On Saturday, they will be looking to do exactly that when bitter rivals Tottenham visit the London Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini may wish to rejig his side to get back to winning ways in the London derby; so we’ve looked at one of his selection dilemmas, at left-back, ahead of the big game…

Who are the options?

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Pellegrini has stocked himself with two options in both full-back positions this season, so this one looks like a straight fight.

Arthur Masuaku is the man in possession of the shirt at the minute, with Aaron Cresswell looking to force his way back into the manager’s plans.

An outside shout is moving Angelo Ogbonna out to the left, but that does not look like a natural fit.

Who will they be up against?

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Spurs are in the middle of an injury crisis, which has shorn them of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. So it looks like Lucas Moura (rated at £25.2m by Transfermarkt) would be out on the right.


It could be Heung-min Son or Moussa Sissoko at a push, but it would be a surprise if the Brazilian wasn’t on that flank.

The Debate

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There are concerns over both men. Cresswell started the season so poorly that it opened the door for Masuaku to swoop in after the last international break.

The Congolese flier added energy, but showed his defensive vulnerability too. He allowed Glenn Murray to run off him to score against Brighton and still looks like more of a winger.

But Cresswell has struggled to readjust to left-back after a spell as left centre half under David Moyes, so it’s a tricky one.

Ogbonna’s name wouldn’t even be mentioned in the debate if both were on form; but the concerns are such that creative solutions are welcome.

The Verdict

Masuaku’s mistake last time out was so bad that Cresswell has to get the nod. The 28-year-old is the better defender and can whip crosses in for fun at his best.

Pellegrini must hope the spell out of the team has acted as a wake-up call for Cresswell. Saturday should give him a chance to prove it has.

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