West Ham Team News Ahead Of Burnley Match
The West Ham team has been confirmed to face Burnley and Aaron Creswell will start at left-back, according to a Hammers insider.
Twitter user @ExWHUemployee – considered a reliable source of Hammers updates – broke the team news online this afternoon.
He tweeted earlier today: “The team will be confirmed later, Bilic is expected to have a very strong side to chose from. With Ginge [James Collins] being only 1st team def out.”
Six hours later, @ExWHUemployee kept his promise and delivered a sneak peak of the team line-up.
He wrote: “Cresswell keeps his place at left back despite calls for Arthur to replace him…”
He then added: “Due to the return of many first team players.Declan Rice,Fernandes and Sam Byram have not travelled with the squad and will play u23 on Sun,”
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said yesterday that he believes English football is taking Joe Hart for granted.
Most recently observers have questioned his value to West Ham and whether Jack Butland should replace him with England, but Bilic said: “I think you don’t appreciate him.
“You are asking me because you think you have a case. You are not asking why we don’t appreciate Harry Kane.
“I watched the game against Slovenia and he was man of the match.
“But you didn’t have that feeling from the studio, from the commentator, saying it was a penalty, it wasn’t a penalty.
“If it was anyone else goalkeeping in that situation nobody would say it was a penalty.
“Has he become an easy target? Yes. The guy is brilliant. I’m not just talking about goalkeeping now, the guy never slaughters anyone in the job, he is taking the bullets, he is there every single time whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham.
“He is a great professional and very interested in the squad. He is a top pro.”
Hart, having also become West Ham’s starting goalkeeper following the period of uncertainty that came when both Adrian and Darren Randolph vied for selection, will retain his place for Saturday’s trip to Burnley.
“I have a feeling – or he is hiding it – that he doesn’t give a… he puts himself above that situation,” Bilic added.
“I speak to him and everything but after the last couple of games all I have said is, ‘Good job’.
“When did he make a mistake? Tell me the game for England. Don’t go back to (last year’s loan spell at) Torino and say he conceded a goal against Chievo. When did he make a mistake for England?
“He was also man of the match in Slovenia when you drew – big time.”