'Why?', 'Really?' - West Ham fans rage on Twitter over 23-year-old's selection v Tottenham
By Russell Edge
West Ham fans have taken to social media to bemoan Slaven Bilic’s decision to start striker Jonathan Calleri in their clash with Tottenham.
The Hammers host title-chasing Spurs at the London Stadium on Friday night with the three points proving crucial to both clubs.
A win for Bilic’s side would see them mathematically secure their place in the Premier League for another season, while also rocketing them from 15th up to 9th.
For Spurs, three points would put them within a single point of league leaders Chelsea, as they compete for title for the second successive season.
In order to try and secure victory, Serbian manager Bilic rang the changes through his side, following their 0-0 draw with Stoke in their last outing.
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He made three changes to the starting XI, with Sam Byran, Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble replacing Edilmison Fernandes and Havard Nordtveit, who dropped to the bench, and the injured Arthur Masuaku.
West Ham announced their starting XI via the club’s official Twitter, ahead of the 20:00 kick-off:
3️⃣ changes from Slaven…
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 5, 2017
However, West Ham fans were more concerned with the selection of 23-year-old striker Jonathan Calleri.
The Argentinian striker has made just two starts for the Hammers, and in 14 appearances scored a solitary goal in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Fans took to social media to question Bilic’s selection, and suggested a couple of other options they would have rather seen up top.
Here is a selection of their messages from Twitter:
Why is Calleri even in the squad? Surely Fletcher has to get a chance?
— Liam Richards (@LiamRMusic) May 5, 2017
Calleri upfront again. Looks like we are going for another 0-0????
— J.Steel.WHU (@BecontreeHammer) May 5, 2017
If Calleri can have:
1) a completed dribble.
2) a controlled first touch
3) a shot on target.
Then his training has worked.
— Will Mason ⚒ (@WillMason94) May 5, 2017
Calleri again, really? Thought he has shown what he's capable of… which is nothing
— Phil Castle (@Barkingrunner) May 5, 2017
Calleri?! I'd rather have a plate of Calamari in the team! #WHUTOT
— Lex ⚒ (@LexMCMLXXVII) May 5, 2017
I'm so so baffled, calleri can't hit a barn door, fernandes been superb. Please please prove me wrong west ham
— Kieran Harris (@kieranharris17) May 5, 2017
In other West Ham news, Mark Noble has given his verdict on their clash with Tottenham.