West Ham travel to Bournemouth on Tuesday afternoon in search of a much needed three points.
The Hammers fell to a disappointing 3-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers Newcastle on Saturday, despite leading 1-0 early on, and will need to ensure they record maximum points against a Bournemouth side who are one place and one point below them in the Premier League standings.
Moyes has opted against fielding a recognised striker from the start in his last few games, a decision which initially looked like a stroke of genius after masterminding a home win over Chelsea and a good 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
But the defeat to Newcastle will have highlighted the need for more attacking options and while they have been boosted by the return of Manuel Lanzini following his suspension, Moyes has again option against playing a striker.
Lanzini comes in for Antonio, who doesn’t even make the bench, while strikers Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Javier Hernandez all have to settle for a place on the bench again.
Here’s how the Hammers fans reacted to the team news…
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 26, 2017
— Oliver Khan (@oliverkhanx) December 26, 2017
Haha now show us the actual team
— Sam (@skenno31) December 26, 2017
Get rid of Kouyate and Ayew ASAP
— West Hammers (@mywhu0511) December 26, 2017
What’s that then
— Peter Finch (@Pfinch215) December 26, 2017
kouyate starting, we have lost
— henrik 🇸🇪 (@Henrikinho__) December 26, 2017
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