West Ham United appears to have two problem areas as he heads into the final Boleyn game of all time against Manchester United.
Slaven Bilic has to decide whether Michail Antonio can again be risked at right back after two excellent performances against the Red Devils and whether Diafra Sakho is close to restoring his position as the club’s No 1 hitman.
The winger was given the runaround by Anthony Martial at Old Trafford before being in part responsible for one of the goals they netted in the FA Cup replay in the Boleyn replay.
And there have been questions asked inside the club and on the terraces about the head coach’s continuing use of the right-sided midfielder in the role where yesterday against Swansea City he seemed all at sea on too many times.
With both Tomkins and Byram fit – and while neither may not be the perfect candidate at this stage – another Antonio excursion at the back could turn puzzlement into a real concern.
The striker meanwhile continues to look out of favour as the Croatian tactician continues to use English powerhouse Andy Carroll as his No 1 option.
Whether the wounds between the two have fully healed following the training ground problems ahead of the Arsenal clash is a question exercising the minds of some.
The cat was finally let out of the bag during a TV commentary when former player and pundit Tony Gale appeared to admit there had been a disciplinary issue.
Hopefully, there is no hangover from that, but some insiders feel that the Senegalese international may be the one sacrificed for the “£20 million strikers” the club is planning to buy during the upcoming transfer window.
If he should he again be on the sidelines for the United clash it may suggest that view has some substance although interestingly Gale added when mentioning an issues that as far as he was concerned Sakho remained the “best striker at the club.”