We take a closer look at the players now available at West Ham United.
West Ham United have had one interesting summer, with a change of manager and as many as nine new players joining the club either on a permanent deal or via a long-term loan.
The Hammers were rocked at the start of the season due to Enner Valencia’s long-term injury, and their ensuing Europa League exit didn’t exactly help matters.
Their Premier League form has been inconsistent, with two wonderful away victories at Arsenal and Liverpool respectively coinciding with home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.
One of West Ham’s biggest problems was a lack of width and ability to really press teams when the onus is on them to attack teams in East London, as shown by their opening two home losses.
However, deadline day additions of Victor Moses and Michail Antonio certainly add pace, power and skill in wide areas and on the balance of it, West Ham have been one of the deadline day success stories.
Boss Slaven Bilic now has plenty of options, and while he should stick to his successful, compact formation away from home, here is how we think he should line-up at home at least.
There are no changes to the back five, with new signing Angelo Ogbonna forming a solid partnership alongside Steven Reid while fullbacks Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell retain their spots.
Midfield is now an interesting area, and to get the best out of their wide players Bilic ought to go with two strong defensive-minded players in the middle – Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate ideal candidates.
Dimitri Payet, Victor Moses, Enner Valencia [when fit] and Diafra Sakho represent a pretty impressive attacking quartet, though options are there to alternate depending on opposition and form.
In Michail Antonio, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Mauro Zarate, Manuel Lanzini and fellow deadline day signing Nikica Jelavic, West Ham have a formidable squad to work with.