West Ham United fell to a shock defeat at the weekend, losing 2-0 to Cardiff City as their ambitions of a top-seven finish sustained a serious blow.
The loss was accompanied by a mediocre performance, too, which will have infuriated manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Goals from Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa proved decisive and Pellegrini’s back is likely to be up as West Ham prepare to face Huddersfield Town in a game that could be another banana skin in waiting.
Football FanCast has taken a look at two suggested solutions to ensure the Irons do not slip on it…
Javier Hernandez simply cannot play as a lone striker.
Playing up top on his own against the Bluebirds, Hernandez failed to register a single shot on goal, per WhoScored.
Moreover, he touched the ball just 29 times, the lowest of any Hammers player, and also committed two fouls.
A dive in an attempt to win a penalty was nothing short of a disgrace and it does not make sense for Pellegrini to keep picking him.
Marko Arnautovic is a far better option through the middle and should start against Huddersfield.
Robert Snodgrass always toils admirably for the cause for the Hammers and few can argue with his application.
However, his execution against Cardiff left rather a lot to be desired.
Playing on the right wing, the Scotland international did not complete a single dribble, nor did he manage a shot on target.
It is all the more baffling that he completed the 90 minutes when Michail Antonio was sat on the bench.
Antonio was eventually thrown on in the hope of salvaging the game and he should start against Huddersfield.
Not only is he a more effective carrier of the ball he is also quicker, more skilful, and a better finisher.
Bringing him back is something of a no-brainer.