Moyes hands out 2 debuts, £26m-rated “machine” starts: Predicted West Ham XI vs Saints – opinion

Moyes hands out 2 debuts, £26m-rated “machine” starts: Predicted West Ham XI vs Saints – opinion

West Ham United return to Premier League action later this afternoon as David Moyes and his side look to continue their fine start to the 2021/22 season.

The Hammers are unbeaten through their first three league matches and now head to the south coast to face Southampton at St Mary’s.

Moyes and co were very busy in the transfer window after their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last time out, so the Scot will have plenty of selection dilemmas to ponder, even more so as he has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

With that in mind, what sort of line-up could we see today? Football FanCast delve into one potential XI…


Indeed, the Irons signed four new players in the transfer window and two could make their debuts here.

One of which is in goals, as loan arrival Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain replaces veteran Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks.

Football Insider claim that the 36-year-old will soon be phased out of the side to make way for the much younger shot-stopper in a bid to think about the long-term, rather than the immediate future. If Moyes is thinking like that, then he ought to just make the call now in order to get a proper look at the Frenchman.

The other debut is likely to be handed to Kurt Zouma, who replaces Craig Dawson in the starting line-up. After splashing a considerable amount (nearly £30m) on his signature, the Premier League and Champions League winner should come straight into the side, pairing with Angelo Ogbonna in the middle, with Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell on either flank.

Moyes is then likely to stick with the same players in midfield and attack, having kickstarted the campaign unbeaten, which means it’ll be Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice in the middle, with Pablo Fornals keeping his spot despite the arrival of Nikola Vlasic.

The Croatian playmaker may need a little more time to adapt to England, having only just arrived off the back of the international break, whereas Zouma should be a lot more comfortable.

It also means there’s no place for Alex Kral in the starting line-up, but you could expect him to be named on the bench.

Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen will join the £25.5m-rated Spanish “machine” in attacking midfield, with the Premier League’s top goalscorer Michail Antonio set to lead the line once again.

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