Saturday, 22 October 2016

Bilic Looks to Youth as Hammers Seek to Finally Get Season Started

SuperSlav has made an unusual change to the starting XI for the visit of Sunderland with 20 year old Edimilson Fernandes starting - presumably taking the Manny Lanzini attacking midfield role. Fernandes arrived during the Summer in a 5 million deal from Sion in Switzerland and has impressed to the extent of grabbing 2 substitute appearances in recent games before today's starting debut.

It's unclear how West Ham will cover the full back positions with no natural left or right back in the starting line up? With the 'clinical' finishing of ex-Hammer Jermain Defoe leading the line for David Moyes' Sunderland, Slav will need to be wary of a smash n grab raid from the Black Cats.

Up front, Simone Zaza will hope to build on last week's improved performance against Crystal Palace and get his Hammers goalscoring career off to a start. With the return of Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho now imminent, he will need to kick on very soon if he is to retain a starting place in Bilic's side.

We are going for a 2-1 home win, with Defoe netting for the Cats.


The Team is: Adrián, Ogbonna, Reid, Antonio, Fernandes, Kouyaté, Lanzini, Noble, Obiang, Payet, Zaza.

Substitutes: Spiegel, Collins, Oxford, Feghouli, Nordtveit,  Calleri, Fletcher.

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