Date: 6th March 2017 at 9:54pm
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COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Ham’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at the London Stadium on Monday evening.

Noble must be axed

For who many consider to be Mr. West Ham, Mark Noble’s best days appear to be beyond him. The 29-year-old offers nothing to this Hammers team and his mistake in the build-up to the first goal only shows how costly the captain can be when it goes wrong. The east London club’s stalwart has come under sever scrutiny and criticism for some time now and he must be axed in the future with both Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang taking up the central midfield roles.

Antonio is huge

With Michail Antonio missing the game through suspension an attacking quartet of Sofiane Feghouli, Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass and Andy Carroll started the match. Now, with Carroll fit it is assumed that Antonio would have taken up the right midfield role, which was occupied by Feghouli against Chelsea. However, the Algerian was a complete passenger and failed to demonstrate any signs of attacking ability. Antonio’s pace and skill would have caused severe problems to Marcos Alonso on Monday evening and he was a big miss. The former Nottingham Forest star is huge for this team.

Mid-table finish

After last season’s 7th placed finish many were hoping for another successful season in their first campaign at the London Stadium. However, their disastrous start of season form as well as defeats against the big teams means they will now most likely finish in mid-table. It is not a bad place to finish for a club like West Ham, but it is not ideal following on from last season either. What it does do however, is set them up once more to progress in the 2017-18 campaign.

In other West Ham news, fans reacted to Kouyate’s selection before the match.

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