West Ham United right-back Ryan Fredericks endured something of a torrid Premier League debut for his new side in the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, and Irons fans want to see fans’ favourite Pablo Zabaleta reinstated to the starting XI vs Bournemouth on Saturday.
The summer signing from Fulham was handed his top flight bow by Manuel Pellegrini on Merseyside, but he struggled against the electric Sadio Mane, who netted twice against the east London club in what was a comprehensive win for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic buy Zabaleta was a key man in the side last term following his move from Manchester City, and it seems as though the London Stadium faithful would prefer to see the experienced 33-year-old reintroduced on home soil this weekend as the Hammers look to secure their first points of the 2018/19 campaign.
West Ham supporters, some of whom have also demanded Pellegrini drop another senior player, have been discussing the Argentine on social media, and while one said “Zaba needs to start against Bournemouth”, another said “Fredericks needs dropping for Zabaleta”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
For me this has to be the team for Bournemouth. Arnautovic needs help up front, Zabaleta needs to start and you can't keep playing someone who runs in a straight line and does nothing else in Antonio. pic.twitter.com/wp6ed85s0t
— West Ham 1895 (@Brady_out) August 12, 2018
Zabaleta to start next game Fredericks out of position for 2 goals. Don't like look of him so far.
— Dan (@dedge84) August 12, 2018
Zaba to start
— Kai Reid (@kaizer325) August 12, 2018
Fredricks isn’t good enough. Zaba needs to start against Bournemouth
— Sam Davies WHU (@samdaviesuk) August 12, 2018
Yes zaba defo needs to start next game
— Dharm Tailor (@djdharms) August 12, 2018
Well unless I’ve missed something time machines don’t exist?? Im talking Bournemouth I’d play Zabaleta but that’s just my opinion
— Billy (@Billy_WHUFC) August 12, 2018
Rice will be a top centre half but won’t be a midfielder as long as he has a hole in his arse. Let him develop at the back.
Fredericks needs dropping for Zabaleta.
Antonio’s work rate was non existent.
Arnautovic going off with a knock.
— 🥊⚒DAVE⚒🥊 (@OfficialBigDave) August 12, 2018
I would swap Fredericks for Zabaleta but other than that this is spot on. Maybe play Hernandez behind Arnie too? https://t.co/D2g1Yhsnh9
— West Ham Photos (@whufcphotos) August 12, 2018
Zaba in for Ryan ‘Tyrone Mears’ Fredericks
— Chris Betts (@ChrisBetts82) August 12, 2018
That’s true mate, I thought he looked decent really. As for Pellegrini, he said after the game he needs to work out which players are playing at their best. He needs more than one game to make a fair assessment really.. We’ll come good mate. I’d bring Zaba back for Fred at RB tho
— Kezza ⚒ (@KeriDelaney_) August 12, 2018