Tony Gale said on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday morning how he expects West Ham United will line up in attack against Crystal Palace this weekend now that strikers Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are both fit.
“If there was a choice between the two, it would be Valencia for me before, but I don’t think that Slav will go with the two upfront,” said the former West Ham defender. “I think Valencia, if he does play, will be probably in place of (Manuel) Lanzini on the wider side.”
It is not fully clear if Valencia will feature against Palace away from home at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
“Enner played 20 minutes in the friendly against Reading and looked really good, he’s been out for a while so he still needs a few weeks,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic told the club’s official website.
“But when I see him in training he does things that make you think ’maybe he could 10 minutes on Saturday'."
Valencia may not ultimately play against Palace in the London derby, but his return in the coming weeks will be hugely anticipated by the Hammers’ fans.
The 25-year-old forward is one of the best players on West Ham’s books at the moment and will be important for the London outfit as the season progresses.
While the temptation to play the Ecuador international forward on Saturday is understandable, perhaps it would be best if Bilic waits for a week or two before throwing him into action.
West Ham are sixth in the Premier League table at the moment with 14 points from eight matches, just a point behind fourth-place Crystal Palace.