The West Ham Xi Bilic must pick vs Stoke
Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Everton signified that there is still much work for West Ham United to do.
Prior to the game at Goodison Park, the Hammers were on a three-game unbeaten run including back-to-back victories over Crystal Palace and Sunderland.
The upturn in form was partly down to Slaven Bilic’s formation change to a three-man defence, with Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell taking up the wide roles.
While the move has undoubtedly bolstered a leaky backline – the Hammers have conceded two in their last three as opposed to more than two goals-per-game previously – it has meant that Antonio’s goalscoring has taken a severe hit.
The 26-year-old has started at a striker and a right wing-back but failed to add to the five goals he managed from the wing.
In order to get the best out of him but keep some defensive solidity, we think Bilic should return to the 4-3-3 he favoured last season.