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Lucas Perez the key to West Ham’s good run of form

Lucas Perez the key to West Ham’s good run of form

Since replacing the injured Marko Arnautovic against Cardiff City almost two weeks ago, Lucas Perez has finally announced himself to the West Ham faithful and has his presence been a shining light in Manuel Pellegrini’s team of late.

The Hammers have won three matches on the trot, starting with a very impressive 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’s Park, while they also saw off Crystal Palace at the London Stadium last weekend.

Although players like Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson have been making the headlines in this current run due to their goal-scoring threat, it has been Perez who has specifically brought a lot of firepower next to the Mexican up-front.

Having replaced Arnautovic before half-time against Neil Warnock’s men, Perez exploded and fired home two superb goals within minutes of being on the pitch.

The former Arsenal man has relatively struggled to adapt to life under Pellegrini and has been in and out of the team since the start of the season.

But, to be honest, the Chilean manager hasn’t been that consistent with his team selections and has he forced multiple changes to his formation as he tries to find the perfect system for the East London club.

And despite losing an important player like Arnautovic, it looks as if West Ham have finally gathered momentum and have they shown great consistency since the 4-0 loss against Manchester City at the end of November.

A trip to Craven Cottage on Saturday should also excite the gaffer and Perez of gaining more points against a vulnerable Fulham team.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have struggled defensively, while West Ham have thrived in that aspect of the game.

Despite playing at home, Fulham could be in for another long afternoon if the likes of Denis Odoi, Alfie Mawson and Jean Michael Seri don’t mark the movement and runs of Perez.

The passing of Anderson and Robert Snodgrass could expose Fulham with Perez and of course Hernandez ready to pounce on every opportunity.

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