Three changes Sam Allardyce should make for West Ham United

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Here are three changes Sam Allardyce should make at West Ham before the end of the season.

Hand a start to Reece Oxford

West Ham have been caught short at centre back in recent weeks, with injuries to both James Tomkins and Winston Reid, meaning manager Sam Allardyce has had to use midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate in defence. Before the end of the season, it would be great to see Allardyce give a chance to teenage centre back Reece Oxford. The 16-year-old has been compared to former Hammer Rio Ferdinand, who made his debut at 17, and allowing him to play even just one game late in the season would aid his development.

Give Nene a chance

West Ham snapped up Brazilan playmaker Nene in February, with the 33-year-old arriving with a big reputation having starred for Paris Saint-Germain before his move to Al-Gharafa in 2013. Yet so far, Nene has been restricted to just four appearances, all of which have come from the bench. Nene's contract expires this summer, and West Ham need to see more than 50 minutes of him playing to make a decision - and with little to play for, Nene should be given a chance to start.

Play Morgan Amalfitano more often 

Much like Nene, French midfielder Amalfitano has been restricted in terms of starts. Often an impact player from the bench, West Ham should allow him to start more to add some creativity in midfield, rather than give repeated chances to the likes of Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis, who have flattered to deceive this season. He works better in the diamond midfield, but he often played out on the right hand side for West Brom last season - and should be in the team more regularly.

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