The West Ham United fans are feeling apprehensive in the Transfer Tavern ahead of a potentially season-defining fixture against Stoke City on Monday evening.
David Moyes’ side have edged ever closer to securing their Premier League status for another season in recent weeks, but they still have plenty of work to do to get over the finish line. The Hammers excellent 3-0 win over Southampton at the London Stadium followed by their 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge were two results which served to significantly boost the optimism at the club, but that could all be undone against Stoke City tomorrow night.
Paul Lambert’s side arrive at the London Stadium knowing that they simply have to win to resurrect their hopes of survival. Moyes’ side will certainly not be in a mood to roll over and let that happen, as their recent performances proved they are have more than enough quality to stay up this season.
Moyes’ team selection will be particularly interesting tomorrow night, as the impact of Javier Hernandez from the bench against Chelsea will certainly give him a decision worth deliberating over. Chicharito – as he is affectionately referred to by supporters – entered the fray after 70 minutes at Stamford Bridge and he made an instant impact by slotting home West Ham’s equaliser just three minutes later.
Hernandez has built his career on his goal-scoring reputation and his clinical poachers instinct, so it was no surprise to watch the Mexican international place the ball into the corner of Courtois’ net with such composure. Although Arnautovic has performed a stupendous role in West Ham’s survival effort at the spearhead of the attack this season, Moyes should reward Hernandez (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) for his goal-scoring impact with a starting berth tomorrow night.
Stoke have plenty of defensive frailties to be exploited, so it would be foolish not to put Hernandez on the field of play to take advantage of their weaknesses tomorrow. Hernandez’s confidence will be buoyed by his strike against Chelsea and, considering he has scored 5 goals and provided 2 assists from 10 previous appearances against the Potters, Moyes would be foolish not to restore him to the starting eleven tomorrow evening.
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