COMMENT By Dominic Toner
West Ham should recall playmaker Manuel Lanzini to the starting XI on Saturday against West Brom at the expense of Sofiane Feghouli.
The Hammers host the Baggies in the Premier League and manager Slaven Bilic should make a tactical alteration to his attacking line-up.
Feghouli, 27, has enjoyed a good run in the team recently after managing to settle in English football.
The Algeria international moved to the London Stadium in the summer and is yet to recapture the form he showed at Valencia, with the right winger scoring just one Premier League goal.
His performances have improved during recent weeks and he completed 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Southampton in the last game, but he should be dropped from the team.
Meanwhile, West Ham first teamer Lanzini was dropped from the starting line-up against the Saints as he has been unable to repeat the form he showed last season.
The 23-year-old has proved that he can terrorise Premier League defences on his day and was reminded by Bilic that he has to be playing well to earn a spot.
However, there is no doubting the talent of Lanzini and the attacking midfielder should be recalled to the team.
Feghouli has shown that he has an incredible work-rate, but Lanzini is by far the more creative and influential player.
The Hammers will face a strong West Brom side at the weekend and it could take a piece of magic from Lanzini to unlock the opposition’s defence.
In other West Ham news, Tony Pulis has delivered his verdict on the club and shared what has been regained.