Andros Townsend is ruled out of Sunday’s game against Southampton and joins Jan Vertonghen on the injury list ahead of a tough visit to St Mary’s. The real concerns remain in defence but with Michael Dawson returning from suspension and Vlad Chiriches with a chance of making the starting XI, the only real worry is the thought of Kyle Naughton covering at left back.
“Michael will come back from suspension and the only positive for the players is that with Andros missing, someone else will get a chance to stand up and show what they can do,” said Tim Sherwood on Friday.
But who will get that chance? Andros has been on the bench for the last few league games but if Tim was planning to use him on the wing, Erik Lamela might just get a rare start.
But the real question is in formation: Sherwood attacked West Ham in a 4-4-2 but will he choose to play it safer away from home against a side who are challenging for a top six slot? We think that the interim boss might go on the defensive as he puts forward his credentials for the full time vacancy.
Here’s our best guess but what’s your view?