3-4-3 has taken the Premier League by storm over the last few seasons, particularly since Antonio Conte introduced it at Chelsea at the beginning of last term, and West Ham look set to continue using the formation when they host Tottenham at the London Stadium this weekend.
Crucial to the success of the system, however, are the two men out wide – asked to marshal entire flanks single-handed and make important contributions at both ends of the pitch with some relentless running in between.
With that in mind, and following a stunning goal against Bolton in midweek, we asked West Ham fans whether Arthur Masuaku should keep his place at left wing-back for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur or if Aaron Cresswell should be reinstated to the starting line-up.
And our poll revealed that West Ham fans are incredibly divided on the issue, with 51% voting for the England international and 49% voting in favour of the 23-year-old Frenchman.
One way of looking at the situation is that Slaven Bilic can’t get it wrong no matter who he chooses this weekend; the other, though, is that West Ham fans don’t find either option particularly convincing ahead of what looks set to be a feisty London derby.