By Danny Wright
West Ham fans have given a mixed response to Slaven Bilic’s decision to start Jonathan Calleri against Liverpool on Sunday.
It will be the final time this season that the Hammers play in front of their own fans at the London Stadium, but the home crowd haven’t taken the team news too well.
The Irons announced the line-up on their official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
2️⃣ changes from Slav…
— West Ham United (@WestHam) May 14, 2017
Calleri, 23, has scored just one goal during his season-long loan spell in East London, and many fans believe that youngster Ashley Fletcher should be handed a start instead.
Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are both ruled out of the clash through injury while makeshift attacker Michail Antonio is also out until the end of the campaign.
Fans don’t seem overly enthused though, despite Calleri being the only senior player who is seen as a traditional striker.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Decent but Calleri needs to go https://t.co/Mnw1ISsHsl
— ryan (@VintageLanzini) May 14, 2017
Why not Fletcher? How many chances will Calleri get
— Ross (@ross_bliss) May 14, 2017
He is the man who will rabona you into the champions league
— Fake Carlton (@_CarltonCole9) May 14, 2017
looking forward to another 90min of moaning about calleri
— william sillars (@willsillars) May 14, 2017
Calleri up top again, shot me now!!
— J.Steel.WHU (@BecontreeHammer) May 14, 2017
Calleri brace incoming……
— ☘️Irish Tommy 5280 ⚒️ (@tomster36) May 14, 2017
Last chance for Calleri But great opportunity
— Andy (@parish_andy) May 14, 2017
Calleri scored his only goal for the Hammers in the 3-1 win at Middlesbrough in January, but in his other 19 appearances in all competitions, the Argentine has failed to find the net.
He was on the receiving end of some fierce criticism after the goalless draw at Stoke in April when he endured a miserable day in front of goal which saw him skew a ‘Rabona’ shot at a defender when it was an open goal.
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