Former Hammer Dean Ashton has called on Slaven Bilic to play with three at the back at Southampton
“I’m hoping that West Ham start with a back three and prey on that record Southampton have got. Let’s make it difficult for them to break us down and then get ourselves into the game.
“I’m personally hoping for that, which will make things difficult for Southampton and will get them and the crowd frustrated and anxious.
“It would give a bit more freedom to Arnautovic, Ayew or whoever plays behind Chicharito.
“Give those players a bit more freedom to attack Southampton on the break rather than worrying about tracking full-backs and that defensive duty.
“That’s how a back-three could help the forwards – so they could spring the attack.”
Bilic is confident he will see a reaction from his side at Southampton after the 4-0 defeat at Manchester United
“After Sunday’s game, the players were gutted. I was gutted. But when we came back into training, the focus immediately turned to Saturday and how we needed to react.
“I believe in my players. They showed on many occasions last season a good reaction when it was needed during tough times, and I have confidence that we will see that reaction again on Saturday.
“They have shown me the right attitude in training this week, and have worked extremely hard to prepare for this game.”
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has admitted he’s interested in signing Robert Snodgrass
“When people like him become available you would be foolish not to consider it. Again, that would be a deal dictated by finances. Can we do it? Who knows, but we might ask the question.”
West Ham youngster Korrey Henry is target a place in the club’s Under-23 team by the end of the campaign
“I always set myself big goals and I’m hoping to have a successful season this year. My goals are to be in the U23s this season, but obviously when I’m with the U18s I’ll always do my best.
“Last season, I played all over the pitch, but I’ve always been a deeper player rather than an attacker, but I’d say I’m versatile as well, so if I’m needed to play on the wing, up front, or wherever I’m asked. I don’t see that as a bad thing, I love doing my best in any position.
“Double figures is my target this season in terms of goals – last season I scored eleven so I want to break that this year, and hopefully get at least 15!”