Date: 22nd August 2019 at 1:00pm
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OPINION

Manuel Pellegirni must axe out-of-form Jack Wilshere if he wants to name his best possible West Ham side to take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

Wilshere, 27, was nowhere near his best in the games against Manchester City and Brighton, with stats by WhoScored saying that the former Arsenal midfielder completed just nine passes before he was taken off at half-time in the 1-1 draw at the AMEX last week.

West Ham lack central midfield options, especially with Mark Noble set to miss this weekend’s action [Claret & Hugh], so it would be a good idea for Pellegrini to go out for blood at Watford and name attacking midfielders Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals in the side.

Even though he has conceded six goals in the first two matches, Lukasz Fabianski should be named to start in goals and Pellegrini should keep his back-line as it is after a vastly improved display at Brighton.

Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Arthur Masuaku are currently the best options based on form, even if it does mean leaving Fabian Balbeuna on the bench.

Declan Rice should start as the defensive midfielder with Fornals and Lanzini in slightly more attacking central roles.

Robert Snodgrass should get the nod over Michail Antonio to start on the right-wing after the Scotland international did well in the draw at Brighton by completing four dribbles and winning three aerial duels to help support both the attack and defence.

Felipe Anderson could return from injury [Claret & Hugh] and should come back into the side to replace £100,000-a-week [Spotrac] Wilshere.

Sebastien Haller might also be fit and he should replace Javier Hernandez, even though the Mexico international scored down on the south coast last weekend.

Watford have struggled in their first two games of the season with a 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton followed up by a 1-0 loss at Everton on Saturday.

If Pellegrini names this side to take on the Hornets then West Ham could smash their way to a big victory and restore the dent in the goal difference that they suffered at the hands of Man City on the opening day.