By Wayne Veysey
Pablo Fornals could be omitted from the West Ham side for a third consecutive match as Manuel Pellegrini leans towards selecting an unchanged side tonight, Football Insider understands.
The Hammers manager has yet to select his team for the away clash at Aston Villa but is contemplating sticking with the same XI that beat Norwich City before the international break.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Pellegrini’s team shape in training has suggested there will be no changes from the side that swept aside Norwich at the London Stadium 16 days ago.
That would mean £25million summer signing Fornals once again on the bench alongside the versatile Scotland international Robert Snodgrass.
At the time of writing, West Ham have suffered no new injuries since Pellegrini’s media conference on Friday revealed that the only absentees are defender Winston Reid and attacking midfielder Michail Antonio.
The Hammers have won their last two Premier League games, with Sebastien Haller, the other headline summer arrival, spearheading the front four.
Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko have been the three attacking players complementing the striker, who has scored three times in two games.
Fornals has appeared in all four of West Ham’s league matches since his arrival, only one of which has been in the starting XI, as well as having a 90-minute run-out in the League Cup triumph against Newport County.
In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that Pellegrini has been offered multiple free agent forwards by the club.