African trio start in Bilic 4-2-3-1: West Ham best possible XI to face Hull
By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic must hand Sofiane Feghouli a recall to the West Ham side as they face relegation candidates Hull on Saturday at the KCOM Stadium.
Michail Antonio misses out through a hamstring injury, and Algerian star Feghouli should be the preferred option to Robert Snodgrass who is yet to impress since his January move.
The Scotland international’s poor form will see him watch from the bench again, as Feghouli joins Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate in starting on Saturday.
Joining Antonio on the sidelines are Pedro Obiang and Winston Reid, after the duo picked up injuries last time out against Leicester during the 3-2 loss.
Captain mark Noble has recovered from a hamstring injury, and he replaces Obiang while James Collins will replace Reid as Angelo Ogbonna remains out with a knee injury.
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They join Feghouli in coming into the side, as Bilic makes three changes to face Hull.
Spaniard Adrian’s future in east London is in doubt with just three months remaining on his contract, as he remains on the substitutes’ bench behind goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
Sam Byram will continue at right-back after finally overcoming nightmare hamstring woes, while Bilic’s threadbare centre-back options leaves him with veteran duo Collins and Jose Fonte.
Flop signing Arthur Masuaku also misses out at left-back, with Aaron Cresswell being one of the first names on Bilic’s team sheet.
He will look to provide service on the left flank to target man Andy Carroll, who remains up top after scoring four goals in his last seven outings.
The Hammers will look to gain an advantage in the middle of the park as Noble returns alongside Kouyate, as Hull’s Tom Huddlestone serves the first of a three-match ban.
Argentinian maestro Manuel Lanzini will look to play in between the lines and supply wingers Ayew and Feghouli, as they look to feed Carroll in the Hull box.
The Hammers will be desperate to gain all three points on Saturday in order to stop a losing run of three games, which could see them climb to ninth.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are reportedly in a four-way battle to sign a League One left-back.