West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Saturday, January 19
Should we play two up front?
Five goals away all season is a pretty terrible return and after defeat at Old Trafford you wonder if we should try to vary the formula of one central striker and two wider midfielders/strikers by playing two conventional strikers with Jarvis pinging in crosses. Cole and Carroll have appeared isolated for most of the season. At least it might surprise opposition teams who are used to the way West Ham play. One option would be to play Carlton Cole and Chamakh together or even give the spledidly-named Wellington Paulista a chance at some stage. Another option would be Joe Cole as second striker just behind the main striker and to rest Nolan or play him deeper. His ball skills would surely win some penalties and free-kicks. Call me Tinkerman but it's surely time to try something a bit different.