Who knew having two quality strikers could be a bad thing for a club like West Ham. Perhaps ‘bad thing’ is overselling it a little bit, but Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has wrestled with the problem for much of the season.
Indeed, although Javier Hernandez was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen in a summer transfer coup, the Irons are still dependent on the more direct and attritional styles of Andy Carroll – who started at centre-forward in the win over Huddersfield and the draw with West Brom, pushing the Mexico international out wide.
Although he found a goal against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Chicharito’s talents are clearly wasted on the wing, so we asked West Ham fans earlier this week to share their thoughts on how Bilic can get the best out of both front-men with four options to choose from.
They included; Option A – sticking with 3-4-3; Option B – tweaking to a 3-5-2; Option C – an old-school 4-4-2; and Option D – choosing between Hernandez and Carroll as the lone front-man.
And it was Option C that took the biggest share of votes in our poll with 41%. Carroll and Hernandez certainly seem like the perfect strike partnership in the little-and-large mould that once dominated the Premier League.
So, West Ham fans, should Bilic attempt 4-4-2 against Swansea City this weekend? Let us know by commenting below…