David Moyes is under real pressure in his role as West Ham manager but there could be one formation that might just save him.
The Scot’s main problem is doing the same things time and time again and expecting different results. What’s the definition of insanity again?
Why is Moyes persisting with Tomas Soucek? Why does he continue to play an out-of-form Jarrod Bowen? Why isn’t Said Benrahma getting a consistent run of games WITHOUT being substituted? Why isn’t he setting his team up to help get the best out of Gianluca Scamacca?
The questions are endless, and the worrying thing is that these have been asked since the start of the season. So why isn’t Moyes changing? It’s clear to see that what he’s doing isn’t working.
The Scot absolutely has to change things up for next weekend’s game against Leicester City at the London Stadium. And I don’t just mean by mixing up the personnel…
New 4-2-2-2 formation could save David Moyes his job as West Ham manager
The boring and predictable 4-2-3-1 just isn’t working anymore for the Hammers. Moyes needs to do something drastic and I think I have the solution.
Whether Moyes is brave enough to try it is another matter entirely though.
Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen just shouldn’t be starting at the moment, it really is as simple as that. They need to be dropped as a matter of urgency.
The Scot should bring Alphonse Areola in between the sticks first and foremost. Then he should play a back four of either Thilo Kehrer or Ben Johnson at right-back, Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd and either Aaron Cresswell or Emerson at left-back.
Nothing unusual there, but this is where it gets interesting. Moyes should use three banks of two.
Firstly, Declan Rice and Flynn Downes should be deployed in the pivot, with Lucas Paqueta and Said Benrahma in front of them. Then up top, Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio could be deployed as a pairing.
Now, for this to work, Moyes will need his full-backs to provide the width, which is why Emerson may be a better option than Cresswell because of his energy and pace.
What an exciting lineup it would be though.
Rice and Downes playing alongside one another would enable Benrahma and Paqueta to operate in areas where they can be game-changers. Scamacca would also have plenty of support and this would prevent him from being isolated.
The ability that Rice and Downes have on the ball would also improve our play through the middle of the park drastically.
David Moyes is skating on very thin ice in his role as West Ham manager.
He needs to try something different. And I believe that the 4-2-2-2 without Soucek and Bowen may be the only thing that could save him now.