By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

3rd Sep, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit calls for West Ham United to make formation change for clash v Chelsea

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Frank McAvennie believes West Ham could switch to a 3-4-3 system regularly after their usual 4-2-3-1 formation became “predictable”.

The Hammers started the season with three defeats in a row but have bounced back with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa and a 1-1 draw against high flying Tottenham in midweek at the London Stadium.

Ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Chelsea though, the former striker has suggested that he should revert to the three at the back system he used on occasion last year because it allows for overloads and can hurt the opposition with the players he has at his disposal.

“He done that last season too when they went on their wonderful run,” he told West Ham Zone.

“He’s got the players to do it. There’s been a couple of injuries with the centre backs and maybe that’s why he hasn’t been using a back four.

“I think it’s a good one [system]. It overloads the midfield. When you’ve got to have talent like Benrahma, Fornals and players like that it’s nice to overload that. They can get forward and score goals like Fornals [vs Aston Villa].

“It’s a good formation and it just shows you that he doesn’t mind changing it around. That’s a good thing. Because it was so predictable with four at the back, and it’s not even a 4-4-2 it’s more of a 4-5-1.

“If you’re playing three at the back you’ve got to play two up front or play more in the middle to overload it, which may have helped the boys at the weekend. It’s good to see him changing things, that’s for sure.”