West Ham predicted starting XI next season: Including new arrivals

Here is how West Ham United could line up on the opening day of the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce has been busy so far this summer, bringing in no less than six new signings to strengthen his Hammers side ahead of the new season. 

West Ham will host rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the 16th of August as the curtain lifts on the 2014-15 season, but how will the Irons line up? 

Allardyce usually favours a 4-4-2 formation with one striker playing closely behind another, however looking at the 59-year-old's business in the transfer window, the West Ham boss may have something more adventurous in mind this season. 

A more attacking approach would certainly please pockets of the Upton Park crowd who called for Allardyce's head last season, but Big Sam is known for his stubbornness, and so this prediction will be made with Allardyce's usualy 4-4-2 system in mind.

GK - Adrian 

The 27-year-old just about got the nod over veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen last season, and it's expected that Sam Allardyce will continue his faith in the Spaniard. 

RB - Guy Demel 

The Frenchman made more Premier League appearances than any other Hammers player last season. The arrival of Carl Jenkinson at Upton Park will provide valuable competition for the right-back spot, but it's likely that Demel will remain unmoved on the opening day of the season.  

CB - Cheikhou Kouyaté

The 24-year-old predominantly operates as a defensive midfielder, yet played the whole of last season at centre-back for Anderlecht. Allardyce has talked up the new man's strengths as a midfielder, but it's hard to see who the Senegal international will replace as yet, so don't be surprised to see him begin his West Ham career in the heart of the defence. 

CB - James Tomkins 

The 25-year-old local boy enjoyed a decent season last time out, and is likely to pick up where he left off on August the 16th.

LB - Aaron Cresswell 

With George McCartney and Pablo Armero no longer at the club, it's almost certain that the new boy will be Allardyce's first choice left-back next season. The 24-year-old arrives in good form, having recently been included in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. 

CM - Mohamed Diame 

There's no doubt that the 27-year-old is a great player on his day, but consistency can sometimes be an issue. Allardyce will be hoping to get regular top-notch performances out of the midfielder this season, the arrival of Cheikhou Kouyate will bring stiff competition for Diame, and that could help the Frenchman raise his game. 

CM - Mark Noble 

West Ham's Player of the Year last season. The 27-year-old featured in every single Premier League game for the Hammers last term and is one of the first names on the team sheet. 

RM - Stewart Downing 

Downing played the majority of games last season, and is likely to feature amongst the starting eleven on the opening day. However the arrival of Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate (both of which can operate from wide midfield) will keep the 30-year-old on his toes this time out. 

LM - Matt Jarvis 

Heading into his third season at Upton Park. Like Downing, Jarvis was a staple part of Allardyce's first eleven last season but could find himself up against some stiff competition this term. 

CF - Kevin Nolan 

West Ham's captain. The 30-year-old is a huge favourite of Sam Allardyce and always chips in with a fair share of goals. A handful for defenders especially on set pieces and a tough customer for any opposition.

ST - Enner Valencia 

With Andy Carroll ruled out for up to four months with an ankle injury, it's expected that West Ham's £12 million signing will be thrust into the first team immediately. Valencia was a success story at the World Cup scoring in each of Ecuador's three games, and Allardyce will hope he has finally brought a regular goalscorer to Upton Park.

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