Everton are next up for West Ham in a vital game for both sides on Wednesday night at Goodison. Friday nights point against Leicester had some positives, the team showed togetherness and character to get something from a losing position and in the second half in particular they grew in confidence and were unlucky not to come away with 3 points. Moyes demands hard work and it could be seen in the display of Marko Arnautovic that the players are starting to respond.
The commodity West Ham lack at the moment is confidence and on Wednesday they face the only side with less confidence than themselves, Everton are in an awful state, they have spent a fortune to build a squad tan contains none of the components they actually needed. The loss of Lukaku has hit them hard he was the focal point of the team last season and his move to Manchester United has left a gaping hole in the squad. It’s very hard not to feel a huge amount of sympathy for former Hammer David Unsworth who finds himself in charge of the club he loves in horrendous position and has been widely ridiculed in the media. Unsworth has done some brilliant work for Everton with the youth sides and served the club with great distinction as a player unfortunately in today’s world that line of credit runs out very quickly.
Everton started the season being one of the much fancied sides and now find themselves looking for a firefighting Manager who will help them maintain their status in the Premier League.
Their centre back partnership of Williams and Jagielka looks decidedly creaky and while both were good players in their day both seem to be in the twilight of their careers and this is an area West Ham should look to exploit. Masuaku showed signs of promise on Friday night and I feel quite strongly that he is far more suited to a left wing position than left back so he should retain his place in the team. While I am a huge fan of Mark Noble Moyes made a big call to drop the captain and have Kouyate and Obiang in the centre of Midfield and I think that is the right move, West Ham moved the ball with better tempo and had more dynamism without Noble.
Lanzini played better in a central role and Arnautovic was superb from the right and seems to have recovered from the knock her received on Friday we desperately need another performance from him tonight.
I would stick with the same XI that started on Friday and hope for a fast start to keep the Goodison crowd quiet, we need 3 points tonight let’s hope the team deliver them.