The continued concern about the fitness of Hammers midfield dynamo, Pablo Fornals, means that David Moyes has a serious selection decision to make. Last time out, without Lingard who couldn't play, and Fornals who had picked up an injury during the victory over Leeds, Moyes elected to start club stalwart Mark Noble, and the result was clear for all to see.
Setting up for what is a REALLY crucial game against tenth placed Arsenal, the Hammers manager does have lingard available which is a huge bonus, but if Moyes is deprived of the services of Fornals he surely must look towards starting either Manuel Lanzini, or as is more likely, £25 Million signing, Said Benrahma.
Moyes simply cannot start with 'captain' Mark Noble, yes maybe bring him on with 15 minutes to go in order to shore things up, but definitely not as a starter, his lack of pace would be cruelly exposed, and his propensity to give away fouls in dangerous areas is a major worry. Sadly, as a player 'loses' his legs, those precise tackles they once made are now seen as bookable lunges, it is only a mattter of being a yard short, but the pace of a team like Sunday's opponents Arsenal will leave most players breathless, let alone a player who by his own admission has reached the end of the road.
This article is not meant to be disrespectful to someone who has been such a great and dignified servant to the club, but is really meant as a 'fans' warning to the manager. If, the Irons make it to Europe, then perhaps Noble's 'unique' style might be more suited to the less frenetic football played, at least in the early stages, but to get in to Europe the next few games need to be won, something that won't happen if 'Marky' is playing. - Ed