By Alex Taylor
West Ham chief David Gold believes Alvaro Arbeloa could make his first start for the club against Accrington Stanley on Wednesday – and fans have had a mixed reaction to the news on Twitter.
The former Real Madrid star is yet to turn-out for the Hammers this season after joining on a free transfer in August.
The full-back will be making his first appearance in English football for seven years after leaving leaving Liverpool for La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2009.
Supporters on social media were divided by the news, some fans praised the change while others claimed not to care about who played, just what the result will be.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
good – we also need a dominant captain who organises, scolds and encourages – will Reece Oxford and obiang get a chance too?
— notPC (@bluebrit1) September 21, 2016
— Ryan 父 (@Ryy92) September 21, 2016
I don't really care who turns out Mr Gold – we need a win…
— Ian Dunn (@IanDunny1002003) September 21, 2016
might need him for Sunday's match.
— Sam (@sactownhammer) September 21, 2016
I think the fans are looking forward to some stability and confidence in defence, he could be the key…#COYI
— Damian Benbow (@BenbowDamian) September 21, 2016
The claret and blue outfit have chopped and changed their right-back options this season as Michael Antonio, Sam Byram and Havard Nordtveit have all filled the role.
Arbeloa will bring plenty of experience to the West Ham side if he is given the nod on Wednesday evening.
The former Deportivo de La Coruña star has played 356 times throughout his career scoring eight goals and providing 20 assists.
The full-back has experienced plenty of success within his time in football, winning the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship’s in 2008 and 2012.
In other West Ham team news, Charlie Nicholas has predicted the Hammers to beat Accrington 3-0 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night and stated that Michail Antonio will attract attention from Premier League big guns.