The story so far –
West Ham United play Tottenham Hotspur in their sixth league game of the season in today’s early kick-off. They started off horribly after impressing in the transfer window losing three out of three games in the beginning.
They lost to Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle as they looked out of gas going forward, lacked the innovation in the centre of the park and lost concentration and coordination at the back. Slaven Bilic was under tremendous pressure from the owners, fans and press.
They have collected 4 points in the last two games and though Bilic will have welcomed this mini-turnaround, he needs a positive result today to make sure they are back on track.
They now play a high-quality Tottenham side at the London stadium, who themselves have an inconsistent run going on. It will be important for Slaven Bilic to understand the Tottenham style of football, which has high pedigree with quick feet, exquisite passing, pin-point finishing and a strong back line and West Ham have got to apply themselves and implement the plans to perfection.
Key players to watch out for, if West Ham are to win this game :
3. Joe Hart –
He has been the first choice for Bilic and will be key to West Ham’s success, not only in this game but throughout the season. 12 shots on target which could have easily bulged the back of the net have been saved by the Englishman.
Not to be forgotten, he has won the league and the golden glove. In a match where a Tottenham side is expected to keep going at the Hammers, Hart has to be at the top of his game.
2. Aaron Cresswell –
The full-back is extremely consistent and has looked fitter and more vibrant this season. He will be crucial as he is an all-round act. He can run down the left, has the right vision to find players through his crosses, is good in the air and is an able tackler.
His services will be important as West Ham need players to feed the ball to Arnautovic, Ayew, Carroll or Chicharito. He will come out on the field with some confidence as his side are in good defensive form.
1. Andy Carroll –
A monstrous figure in the middle, he can be a nightmare for any defence on this planet if the ball is in the air. He has got some good movement and leaves his markers embarrassed when he’s on song.
He has looked threatening in the last two games getting some time in the middle. If he gets a consistent run of games he can be as influential as anyone, if not the most.