By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Ham’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Feghouli should be axed
West Ham attacker Sofiane Feghouli should be dropped from the starting line-up following the Man City defeat. The 27-year-old has enjoyed an extended run in the first-team recently, but overall has not looked good enough to warrant a starting position. He has managed just two goals in 19 senior appearances this season and should be axed from the starting XI. Robert Snodgrass should be the man to replace him in the side as he is blessed with immense quality. He proved in a brief cameo appearance against Man City that he can make a strong impact in the future, with Feghouli the man who should make way.
West Ham needed a striker
Slaven Bilic should have recruited an extra striker in the January window, but missed out on Scott Hogan from Brentford after he joined Aston Villa. The Hammers look seriously short of options up front and only have Andy Carroll as a recognised goalscorer in their team. He can not be expected to deliver every game and has a terrible record of injuries in the past. Youngster Ashley Fletcher and loanee Jonathan Calleri were the options from the bench and West Ham look extremely short of options in the forward positions. Michaill Antonio has been used as an attacker recently, but Bilic missed a trick by not signing a striker in January.
Hammers miss the Boleyn Ground
West Ham’s poor performance against Manchester City was a reminder of how much they miss the Boleyn Ground. There is no way they would have surrounded a three-goal lead at half-time last season, but they really have struggled to adjust to the London Stadium. Their new ground has helped them boost their capacity and it’s certainly a marvellous stadium, but they are missing the intimidating factor they were previously renowned for. The Hammers have aspirations of competing at the top-end of the table on a regular basis, but will need to adjust to their new surroundings if they are to achieve that goal.
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