West Ham United: Tactical tweaks ahead of Newcastle United meeting later today

West Ham United: Tactical tweaks ahead of Newcastle United meeting later today

West Ham United host Newcastle United on Saturday, as they look to end their winless run of five games, following their draw against Sheffield United.

Despite having 60.8% of the game’s overall possession, as well as having more shots than the Blades, as per WhoScored, the Hammers were unable to take the three points.

Manuel Pellegrini could make changes in an attempt to turn the team’s fortunes around, we have taken a look at two alterations the manager could make to his side:

Felipe Anderson as a striker

Felipe Anderson has been fairly ineffective this season, as despite making three assists, he hasn’t managed to score a single goal this campaign.

The current striker, Sebastien Haller, has been isolated this season, as indicated by Tony Cottee on Football FanCast.

These are two big problems for the Hammers, so moving Anderson up alongside the Frenchman could help answer both of these issues.

There could be an argument for using Albian Ajeti, but he failed to make much of an impact against Newport County and Oxford United, so there may be a temptation to carry on using him as a substitute for now.

Ryan Fredericks for Pablo Zabaleta

Ryan Fredericks was dropped to the bench for West Ham’s draw against Sheffield United and replaced by Pablo Zabaleta, but Pellegrini should switch them back.

The 27-year-old has been effective for the Hammers this campaign, getting 1 assist and averaging, 2.8 tackles, 1 interception, 1.7 clearances, 0.7 blocks and 1 key pass per game.

With his performances this season in mind, he definitely deserves to be reinstated at right-back, even though Zabaleta was a good replacement, making 2 tackles, 2 clearances and 3 interceptions against the Blades.

West Ham fans, do you agree with these suggestions? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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