Five West Ham players who absolutely must not start vs Wolves

Five West Ham players who absolutely must not start vs Wolves

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West Ham United play host to Wolves at the London Stadium after the international break and it will be an absolute must-win game for us.

The Hammers have made an atrocious start to the 2022/23 season, and we’re currently sitting inside the bottom three.

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The West Ham players have been nowhere near their best so far this season, and they obviously need to be held to account.

David Moyes deserves to be criticised as well, however. It is him who keeps rolling out the same tactics and starting XI week in, week out.

The pressure is clearly building on the Hammers manager, as highlighted by his outburst to reporters yesterday (The Sun).

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The Scot cannot afford to start the same 11 players who began the game against Everton yesterday afternoon when we welcome Wolves to East London. Changes are needed, and more than two or three of them as well…

Five West Ham players who absolutely cannot start vs Wolves

Moyes has to ring the changes for the game against Bruno Lage’s side.

And in my opinion, the Scot cannot afford to start these five players…

Lukasz Fabianski

The experienced goalkeeper, 36, is nowhere near the level he was at a couple of years ago. He’s slow and ponderous in possession and seems to put us under the cosh every time he has the football at his feet. It’s time for Alphonse Areola to step in.

Vladimir Coufal

The 30-year-old right-back has been absolutely appalling this season. His regression over the past 6-9 months has been frightening. If Ben Johnson is fit in 12 day’s time, he needs to start against Wolves and if he isn’t, then Harrison Ashby should be given a chance.

Tomas Soucek

We’ve made our stance very clear on the Czech midfielder. He quite simply isn’t good enough to be playing Premier League football for a club who are not only expected to be challenging for the top six but are also apparently attempting to evolve into a possession based side. He needs to be dropped as a matter of urgency. It’s time for Flynn Downes to step into the team.

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Pablo Fornals

The Spaniard is clearly one of Moyes’s favourites. He has been nowhere near his best this season though. In fairness to Pablo, he is often shunted out on the left wing when he is far more naturally suited to a central role. Having said that, he just hasn’t done enough, and Said Benrahma should be given a sustained period of games to prove himself.

Jarrod Bowen

The 25-year-old continues to disappoint. He knows he’s untouchable and in my opinion, that’s why he is underperforming so badly this season. The Englishman needs to get the hunger and determination back that served him so well last season. Moyes should bring Maxwel Cornet into the team in place of Bowen for at least a few games, to show him that he is not a shoo-in to play every single week if nothing else.

David Moyes must make some big changes to his West Ham team for the Wolves clash. If he doesn’t, we think it could end up being his death knell.

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