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The West Ham team David Moyes should play against Leicester but won't and that's half the problem


The West Ham team David Moyes should play against Leicester but won't and that's half the problem

This is the West Ham team David Moyes should play against Leicester but won’t and that’s half the problem ahead of the crucial clash.

Sometimes managers who are under pressure and are seeing their every move questioned and criticised, can’t see the wood for the trees.

That certainly seems to be the case at the moment with West Ham’s under fire boss.

Moyes has been a man under serious pressure of late and that has intensified off the back of dismal defeats to Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Blackburn in what looks a wide open Carabao Cup.

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Several reports claim Moyes’ future could hinge on this weekend’s huge match against Leicester. Suffer a heavy defeat and many feel the board – who publicly backed the boss before the defeat to Blackburn’s reserves – may be forced into a dramatic U-turn.

After being jeered and criticised by supporters during the defeat to Crystal Palace, Moyes responded by mocking West Ham’s “expert” brigade.

And the Scot was bullish in his pre-Leicester press conference, making it quite clear he is planning to be at West Ham after the World Cup break.

One of Moyes’ biggest problems is that many fans are sick of his negative approach, predictable team selection and defensive, risk averse tactics.

West Ham don’t just need a win against in-form Leicester, they need to perform and excite the crowd too if Hammers fans are going to be won over to the idea of giving the manager time to turn things around.

This is the West Ham team Moyes should play against Leicester but won’t and that’s half the problem.

Alphonse Areola, Harrison Ashby, Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice, Flynn Downes, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Gianluca Scamacca.

There are cases for the likes of Cresswell and Bowen to be dropped. But for all the talk about West Ham’s squad, they simply don’t have adequate replacements.

And Michail Antonio has been woeful for the best part of a year so has no place in a Premier League starting XI – even as a winger.

Areola was criticised for failing to save a single penalty in the 10-9 shootout defeat to Blackburn. That was poor. But his distribution, kicking off both feet and his speed and reflexes mean he should have replaced Lukasz Fabianski by now, especially as Moyes likes to try to build out from the back.

Fabianski has been a terrific servant and has actually been one of West Ham’s better and most consistent performers. He does the basics so well but Areola is capable of match-winning moments and making crucial stops that Fabianski is no longer capable of.

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Scamacca must have more creative players in the side getting closer to him and providing him service. He has been feeding off scraps so far and it will all end in tears if Moyes does not address the problem quickly.

At right-back Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal are abysmal. Young star Ashby wants more first team opportunities if he is to sign a new contract. And he can do no worse than the other two while also offering pace and brilliant delivery.

The problem is while the vast majority of fans would agree with this line-up they know Moyes won’t do it.

He will probably start Antonio over Scamacca just because he scored against Blackburn even though he was awful and wasted a host of chances having also played a huge part in West Ham losing to Palace.

Moyes will also undoubtedly stick with Tomas Soucek in central midfield and don’t be surprised if Benrahma is dropped for Fornals because god forbid they play together alongside one another and Lucas Paqueta.


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