Former Gunner Adrian Clarke has suggested that West Ham have all bases covered with regards to the middle of their team.
Clarke was full of praise when he spoke about the middle of Slaven Bilic’s team on the radio station earlier this week.
Bilic deserves credit for improving the number of options he has across the middle of his team and for having the guts to throw teenager Reece Oxford into the side earlier this season.
“What I like is that they’ve got Noble who sits there and is the playmaker and they’ve got this kid Reece Oxford, they’ve got Alex Song to bring in as a holder and they’ve got Kouyate who has got the legs,” he told talkSPORT.
Balance is the key
Bilic may have all of his angles covered in terms of the types of midfielders he needs in his squad, but he has to find the right balance to get the most out of them.
The deadline day acquisition of Alex Song on another loan deal from Barcelona is significant because when he’s fit, he’ll improve the protection which is offered to other midfielders in the team.
There’s also good experience in the middle despite the recent exit of Kevin Nolan, with Mark Noble someone who can help guide Oxford through the early stages of his West Ham career.
The team’s midfield looks as though it could be the main strength for Bilic this season, but he has to avoid tweaking too much as he tries to form the strongest unit he can.