Solskjaer: Lingard still has a big part to play
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West Ham boss David Moyes could have a new-look starting XI by the time they face Southampton on September 11. Express Sport takes a look at what team the Hammers boss may go with should they complete two more deals before the transfer deadline passes.
Goalkeeper – Fabianski
The signing of Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain could prove to be a shrewd piece of business.
Lukasz Fabianski has often had troubles with injury and while he remains the No 1 choice, Areola is a more than capable deputy.
For now, Fabianski will be Moyes’ preferred choice but with the Europa League group stages to come, Areola will get ample opportunity.
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Defenders – Coufal, Ogbonna, Zouma, Cresswell
There will be no dislodging Vladimir Coufal or Aaron Cresswell in the full-back positions at West Ham.
But it’s in the heart of defence where Moyes may be set to make some changes.
Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna have been the main picks this season so far but Kurt Zouma’s arrival from Chelsea will push one of them down to the bench.
Moyes has been impressed by Dawson since his arrival from Watford on a permanent basis, but Ogbonna may be the preferred option to partner Zouma.
Midfielders – Soucek, Rice, Lingard
Pablo Fornals has started all three Premier League games this season as West Ham’s attacking midfield option and he’s been in great form with two goals and an assist.
But his place could be taken by Jesse Lingard if West Ham are successful in negotiations with Manchester United.
The England international remains West Ham’s top target after his impressive loan spell last season.
The partnership of Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice is unlikely to be broken though with the Hammers managing to keep hold of the latter amid interest from elsewhere.
Attackers – Benrahma, Vlasic, Antonio
West Ham’s attacking trio of Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and in particular Michail Antonio has been in top form to start the season.
Antonio and Benrahma have stolen the headlines so far with the pair scoring six goals between them.
Bowen remains an influential figure at West Ham, but a deal for Nikola Vlasic appears close and he may well come straight in to play on the right wing.
The 23-year-old scored 12 goals and provided six assists last season and is a proven versatile option across the attacking positions.
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