West Ham must get back to winning ways if they are to complete a top ten finish this season. We find ourselves saying that fairly often, which sums up the season, but this team is far too good not to at least finish tenth. Just how bad are things now? Well, anything has to be better than the Cardiff game.
Indeed, it was a dismal weekend to be a Hammer. Lacking creativity upfront and not being able to score against a usual leaky Bluebirds side is bad enough, but then to be blown away in the defence and concede two, it is just NOT what fans want to see from their club.
Especially considering some of the money spent.
So, how does Pellegrini fix this against a Huddersfield side who are already looking to the Championship next season? Well, here we look at a couple of possibilities.
Drop Aaron Cresswell
Cresswell has been in and out of the side for the entirety of the Premier League this season, sharing his left-back space with Arthur Masuaku but did get the nod out in Wales last week.
Well, the English defender will not want to read last weekend’s match report at all.
Indeed, after being left for dead on multiple occasions and not being able to track runs, ultimately leading to Cardiff’s first, the 29-year-old may have given Manuel Pellegrini the easy job of dropping him back to the bench yet again.
Start Arthur Masuaku
Given the drop to the bench against Cardiff, Masuaku will look to come back into the side and bring that burst of pace and creativity back into the West Ham side.
Naturally a left back, the 25-year-old has shown the London Stadium that he is not afraid to take players on, with a vast range of skills in his inventory as well as his speed and strength within the defence, the Congo native will certainly be a worry for the Terriers should he start later today.