COMMENT By Matt Farr
West Ham welcome Leicester to the London Stadium on Saturday in a bid to get their season back on track, following a four-match winless streak.
The Hammers have yet to right all of their wrongs from a miserable start to the Premier League campaign, and their latest poor run of form has once again raised doubts over the future of manager Slaven Bilic.
Several first-team regulars have also come under fire for their recent performances, including captain Mark Noble, with fans calling for him to be axed on Twitter.
However, Bilic has a more pressing selection concern than to drop Noble or Robert Snodgrass, and that is in his decision to deploy Cheikhou Kouyate at right-back.
Kouyate, 27, is an adept defender alongside his primary role as a defensive-midfielder, but his success does not lie in a full-back role.
Unsurprisingly, West Ham have won just one of their five games with Kouyate deployed as a right-back, and not kept a single clean sheet.
If West Ham are to get a positive result from their upcoming visit from Leicester, they will need to play Kouyate in a more familiar role and reinstate Sam Byram in the full back position.
The Senegal international should not necessarily be axed from the starting eleven completely, as he is still one of West Ham’s strongest performers.
But perhaps Noble’s axe could go hand-in-hand to Kouyate being moved back into midfield, and Byram returning to the back four.
Playing Kouyate is a decision that has not paid off for Bilic, and one that could cost him his job if he does not seek change in the coming weeks.