West Ham news: Fernandes and Arbeloa to make Hammers debut

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21st Sep, 2016 | 7:01pm

Two debuts as West Ham name strong squad to face Accrington Stanley

By Will Butcher

Slaven Bilic has handed debuts to West Ham duo Alvaro Arbeloa and Edimilson Fernandes as he looks to comfortably see off the challenge of Accrington Stanley.

The senior duo were signed during the latter stages of the transfer window, and are set to be thrown into the side as the East London side look to join the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

West Ham revealed their team news on their official Twitter account, as the new recruits are two of seven changes made from the weekend’s loss to West Brom.

Ireland international Darren Randolph has been selected in goal ahead of Spanish stopper Adrian, while new signing Havard Nordtveit lines up at centre-back instead of his normal position of holding midfield.

New signing Fernandes, who signed for the Hammers for £5.5million during the last week of the transfer window, will line up with Spaniard Pedro Obiang in midfield.

Wingers Gokhan Tore and Sofiane Feghouli come in as straight swaps for Euro 2016 star Dimitri Payet and in-form goalscorer Michail Antonio, while Jonathan Calleri also starts alongside Italy international Simone Zaza.

There is no place for young striker Ashley Fletcher, despite appearing on the front of the Hammers matchday programme.

The Hammers will be looking to put a terrible run of four straight defeats behind them against the League Two minnows.

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