By Matt Farr
Slaven Bilic must listen to the fans and axe Mark Noble from his side for their meeting with defending champions Leicester on Saturday.
Noble, 29, has been in poor form of late, but the West Ham chief must make the brave call to axe his skipper from the starting eleven for their next Premier League tie.
Bilic should instead draft in Sam Byram, as one of three changes from the side that were beaten 3-2 by Bournemouth a week ago.
James Collins and Andre Ayew should also be recalled to the starting eleven, with Sofiane Feghouli and Jose Fonte making way.
The return of Byram to the line up at right-back should see Cheikhou Kouyate return to his more familiar role as a midfielder.
Kouyate has featured at full-back in each of West Ham’s last five Premier League matches but has struggled to adapt to the role and must revert to his more familiar position.
The form of defender Fonte since his arrival at the club in January also gives Bilic cause for concern, and he should be sacrificed against a Leicester side that have recently re-discovered their attacking mojo.
Meanwhile, the third and final change should see attacker Ayew return in place of Feghouli.
Ayew has been restricted to appearances off the bench in recent weeks despite a decent run of form, and must be reinstated on the left-hand side of an attacking trio.
First team regulars Darren Randolph, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll should all retain their places.
A win for West Ham will bring to an end their four-match winless run in the Premier League, and could lift them back into the top ten.
Failure to win, however, will increase the pressure on Bilic and leave West Ham in a lowly 14th with nine games remaining.
In other West Ham team news, Angelo Ogbonna has delivered a positive update on his recovery from injury.