Hammers' Downing: Even I'm interested to see Allardyce's answer to this selection problem

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West Ham United's Stewart Downing believes that Sam Allardyce faces a tough task in picking his strike force to face Stoke City.

Stewart Downing has told the club's official site that he is interested in finding out who Sam Allardyce will pick to play up front this weekend.

West Ham face Stoke City in their next fixture and Allardyce has a fresh selection dilemma for the clash.

With Enner Valencia returning from injury, Allardyce will have four strikers to pick from and Downing says even he is intrigued to see who the manager will start with. 

“I’m sure the manager is happy to have those options," he said. "He has Carlton [Cole] as well who will be itching to play. He did well when he came on against Sunderland at home.

“Him and [Diafra] Sakho have been a good partnership when Andy’s been out so it’ll be interesting what team the manager picks but I’m sure he’ll be in his thoughts and it’s nice to have him back."

Allardyce needs to select between Sakho, Valencia, Cole or January addition, Nene, for the contest and it will be tough for him to decide.

The four all offer different attributes to the team and Allardyce will need to think carefully about who he goes with, as the Hammers have struggled for goals since the turn of the year.

West Ham started the season as one of the most dangerous sides in England, but their form recently has been poor and they need to find a way to rekindle their early season performances. 

Getting their attacking verve back will be crucial to this and Allardyce will be keen to ensure that he finds the right solution to the problem which will be dominating his thoughts at the moment. 

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