Fletcher starts in Bilic 3-4-3: West Ham best possible XI to face Tottenham
By Amir Mir
West Ham should make two changes for their difficult away trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday as they take on the Premier League’s only unbeaten side Tottenham.
Slaven Bilic should start youngster Ashley Fletcher up front and play experienced campaigner Winston Reid in defence.
As a result Manuel Lanzini and Angelo Ogbonna should drop to the bench, following the 1-1 draw against Stoke during their last fixture.
Striker Fletcher will offer some much needed physical presence away from home as fellow summer signing Simone Zaza is failing to inspire the the Hammers faithful.
The 21-year-old must operate in a front three with Dimitri Payet and Andre Ayew providing the creativity alongside him.
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Centre-back Reid, who was suspended for their last fixture, should replace Ogbonna in a back three of James Collins and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Out wide the best options for Bilic are playing Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio as wing-backs because there is no other players in the squad better suited to those roles.
In midfield captain Mark Noble and the in-form Pedro Obiang must start in what will be a tough task of stopping a very talented Spurs midfield.
Goalkeeper Adrian should keep his place between the posts, despite his mistake in the last game, which led to Stoke’s equaliser.
The Spaniard’s experience will help him return to his best and inspire the Irons to move away from the relegation zone.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are aiming to make their name heard in the title race as they are on 21 points from 11 games, five adrift of leaders Liverpool.
Meanwhile the Hammers are trying their best to make a push up the table as they have recorded only three wins this term.
In other West Ham team news, Tottenham will be without this senior trio for their Hammers clash.