Monday night football saw West Ham outclass Newcastle United as Payet scored a brace either side of half time. The counter attacking style we deployed against Arsenal and Liverpool was part of the game plan that Bilic used to get the better of McLaren’s men.
In particular, new signing Victor Moses looks a really good acquisition for the squad. His pace is exactly what was required last season and we now look like a completely transformed team from the one that arguably underachieved under Sam Allardyce. The squad depth is very impressive and I am so happy to see that we can change systems within a game.
Next up for us is a very tough trip, probably the toughest we will face all season as we travel to The Etihad to face the league leaders and undefeated Manchester City. The game will provide us with a real challenge defensively as the Citizens will probably push 8 men forward. On the other hand, we will have opportunities to counter attack and we have to take them. The question is which striker will we play?
The obvious choice is Diafra Sakho who has started all of our league game so far this season. He has scored just the one goal, at Anfield, in five appearances and two in the Europa League campaign. He has pace which has so far served our side well and he also has ability to hold the ball up.
Andy Carroll was used as a late substitution against his former club and he provides us with a different dimension. Moses, Payet, Lanzini and Antonio as well as Cresswell and Jenkinson are all capable of delivering the crosses the Big Man needs and no doubt the majority of those players will take part at some point on Saturday evening. An outsider’s choice is Nikica Jelavic who was another of the deadline day quartet however I don’t believe that this is the game for him.
With reports Vincent Kompany missing the game, the defence of City will not be the same as the one that is yet to concede a Premier League goal this season but we still can’t take anything for granted and we must realise that the game will still be immensely difficult.
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