Ayew and Noble omitted: Best combined West Ham and Leicester XI
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Andre Ayew and Mark Noble would be among the casualties of a starting line-up comprised of the best West Ham and Leicester players.
The Hammers travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League clash and will be looking to record their fourth consecutive victory.
Slaven Bilic’s side have beaten Burnley, Hull and Swansea in their last three games, while their opponents Leicester are without a win in their last three matches.
West Ham captain Noble misses out on the best combined XI as both teams are blessed with several talented midfielders and Ayew also is absent in attack.
Foxes number one Kasper Schmeichel edges out Darren Randolph in goal and is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
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Randolph is currently enjoying a great spell of form, but Schmeichel gets the nod due to his consistency in recent seasons.
Michail Antonio and Christian Fuchs are chosen in the full-back positions, with Danny Simpson and Aaron Cresswell unfortunate to miss out.
Robert Huth and Winston Reid would make a formidable partnership at centre-back and are selected over Wes Morgan and Angelo Ogbonna.
Reid, 28, has been a consistent defender for the Hammers since he joined in 2010 and would complement Huth well with his pace.
Pedro Obiang’s sensational form this season gives him the slight edge over Noble, while Danny Drinkwater has gone from strength to strength in the last two years, including earning an international call-up with England.
Riyad Mahrez and Dimitri Payet are the two individual stars in their respective teams and would add the quality to the combined XI.
Manuel Lanzini, Marc Albrighton and Ayew can’t be fitted into the starting XI despite possessing showing their ability for their clubs.
Jamie Vardy and Andy Carroll would strike up an impressive frontline, with the pair suiting each other well.
Vardy will be absent from the West Ham clash as he serves the second game of his three-game suspension, but Carroll is expected to start and has looked in good form since his return from injury.
In other West Ham news, Cresswell has named the player who has inspired the club’s revival.