Why these are the three key West Ham players for Tottenham showdown
COMMENT by Amir Mir
West Ham travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday evening to take on Tottenham ,who are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League this season.
Spurs have conceded the least amount of goals in the top flight, with only six goals against their tough and dependable side.
This makes the task of Hammers manager Slaven Bilic even tougher as he tries to move his team away from the relegation zone.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three West Ham players who could be key figures to the east London club picking up three points at the weekend:
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The France playmaker was integral to West Ham’s success last season and will be during the course of this campaign.
Payet can produce a piece of magic from any moment, whether it be a solo run or scoring from a direct free-kick.
The 29-year-old has assisted five goals in nine league games and if he is on song at White Hart Lane, then he will trouble a strong Tottenham backline.
Midfielder Noble has been more of a miss this season rather than a hit. His duties in the middle of the park will be vital to the way the Hammers attack and handle their opponents threat.
He will need to lead his troops at the weekend and ensure the likes of Christian Eriksen do not dictate play from midfield.
Noble, who has played ever league game for Bilic’s side this term, should use his leadership ability to spur his team on during difficult moments of the game.
Centre-back Reid has been out-of-sorts this season, whether he is playing in a back three or back four. He will return from suspension against Spurs and is likely to start in a back three.
The Hammers have conceded 20 goals in 11 league games, but they know a clean sheet will help their cause immensely, not just in this game, but in the long-term too.
New Zealand international Reid will have to use his experience to stop the threat of Harry Kane, who will be the focal point of the majority of the home side’s attacks.
In other West Ham team news, Paul Merson has stated why Tottenham will beat the Hammers at the weekend.