By Harvey Byrne
Andre Ayew has been handed his first London Stadium start in West Ham’s Premier League clash against Stoke on Saturday and fans on Twitter are eager to see what he can do in front of his own crowd.
Young prospect Edimilson Fernandes has dropped out of the Hammers line-up to the bench to make way for Ayew for the clash in east London.
Manager Slaven Bilic has made two changes to his side following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat against Everton.
One has been forced with James Collins coming in for Winston Reid, who is suspended after picking up five bookings this season, while Ayew coming in for Fernandes was a tactical one.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) November 5, 2016
Fans on social media are now predicting the Ghanaian to have a positive performance in his first home start against Mark Hughes’ Potters.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Ayew Hatrick. Remember this
— ML. (@byFluked) November 5, 2016
Very good line up and strong positive looking bench too. If we can settle well, I see us taking the points today. Ayew to score a brace! #LS
— Nail On The Head (@_NailOnTheHead) November 5, 2016
@Ellis_Samizdat this could work looking forward to seeing ayew up front
— james massey (@sambuca999) November 5, 2016
Andre Ayew starting 🙌🏼⚒ #WHUFC
— Gary McLeish (@GazMcL88) November 5, 2016
Ayew up top, flanked by Payet and Lanzini. I'm optimistic this is the attacking formula to get it done.
— West Hamerica (@WestHamerica) November 5, 2016
Edmilson dont deserve to be dropped HOWEVER Ayew has to start
Strongest squad this season
Lets do this
COME ON YOU IRONS
— West Ham London (@WestHamLondon) November 5, 2016
Now Ayew starting I will guarantee he will score ⚒⚒
— Westham_chat (@westham_chat) November 5, 2016
Ayew, 26, made the switch to the London Stadium in the summer from Premier League rivals Swansea.
He became the club’s record signing with the fee reported to be £20.5million, but his opening few months were halted by an injury picked up in the season opener against Chelsea.
He has made just two substitute appearances since with only his second start coming against Stoke and he will be keen to impress following his big price-tag.
In other West Ham news, David Gold delivered an injury update on this striker.