We think that Alan Pardew will have been dismayed at the way a lot of our new players gave up in the second half on Saturday, and simply were not up for the game against Liverpool.
Fabricio Coloccini – must start Saturday
And with Coloccini and Ben Arfa both fit, we’ll have to start them at West Ham, and the least we want to see is a gutsy performance from the team, although we don’t expect to get anything at all out of the game.
And with Steve Harper available and close to 200 games in the Premier League, he should be brought back in goal for the inexperienced Rob Elliot.
Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for the game, but he was simply awful against Liverpool, and we should see Danny Simpson back in at right back.
And Moussa Sissoko should be given a rest, as we’re getting tired of seeing him get the ball, and simply run with it until he loses the ball,
So maybe this is a side we could start at West Ham on Saturday:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa
Ben Arfa Cabaye Perch (Anita) Gutierrez
We show Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in for the inexperienced Massadio Haidara at left back.
Any player not willing to give his guts and fight for the side on Saturday, should be left at home and not even travel to London.
We still don’t expect to get anything out of the game.
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