29-year-old deserves call-up: Three things we learned about West Ham in draw v Liverpool
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Ham’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield.
Carroll has been missed, as Ayew fails to impact
A £20million summer signing from Swansea, Andre Ayew was nowhere to be seen throughout the 2-2 draw. Starting on the right of the Hammers’ attack, Ayew struggled to get into the game as Michail Antonio played up front for Slaven Bilic’s side. With Andy Carroll leading the line, the Hammers have a focal point and Antonio is able to play in his natural position on the right side of midfield. Carroll has been out injured since August with a knee injury, but came off the bench to feature against his old side.
Mark Noble deserves England call-up
The 29-year-old continues to impress in the middle of the Hammers midfield, spraying an array of short or long passes with aplomb. Providing a willingness to work hard and wear his heart on his sleeve for his boyhood club, Noble is more than deserving of an England call-up as he showed why Gareth Southgate should pick him. The Three Lions manager has plenty of fringe midfielders to choose from, with the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley all vying for a place in his next squad. But the Hammers captain did enough to earn that call.
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Sign a goalkeeper
Adrian could be set to leave the club sooner rather than later, as his contract ends in six months’ time and he is currently playing second fiddle to Darren Randolph. With Adrian out of the equation, the Hammers are left with just Ireland international Randolph though. Slaven Bilic should seriously consider entering the market for a new stopper after Randolph dropped a cross at the feet of Divock Origi, allowing him to equalise.
In other West Ham news, Karren Brady has revealed three things that are keeping Slaven Bilic in a job.