West Ham United come to the new season with a completely reinvigorated spirit, signing former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and a host of new players.

Here, we predict the starting eleven of West Ham United for the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper – Lukasz Fabianski 

Former Arsenal stopper Lukasz Fabianski joined West Ham United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee from Swansea in June 2018. The 33-year-old goalkeeper from Poland had a decent season with Swansea last season despite them being relegated. 

Right back – Ryan Fredericks

Ryan Fredericks joined the Hammers on the back of the best season of his career with Fulham, having won promotion to the Premier League and been named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. The 25-year-old missed just 4 of Fulham’s 52 matches in all competitions, keeping 15 clean sheets and registering 7 assists.

Centre Back – Fabian Balbuena

West Ham United proceeded to sign Paraguay international Fabian Balbuena this summer. The 26-year-old defender joined the Hammers from Corinthians for an undisclosed fee, penning a three-year deal. A strong centre-back with an eye for goal, Balbuena previously enjoyed success in Brazil and his home nation of Paraguay, winning individual accolades and league titles in both countries

Centre Back – Issa Diop 

21-year-old centre-back Issa Diop joined West Ham United from Ligue 1 club Toulouse on a five-year contract with the club. Diop made 34 appearances in the Ligue 1 scoring 3 goals and providing 1 assist in the process.

Left Back – Arthur Masuaku

Arthur Masuaku was one of the most exciting fullbacks in the Premier League last season as he provided 3 assists in 27 matches for the Hammers.

Defensive Midfield – Cheikhou Kouyate

Senegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate is a fan favourite for the West Ham supporters. The 28-year-old, tall and athletic, can also serve as a defender. He played 33 matches scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists in the Premier League last season.

Centre Midfield – Mark Noble

West Ham skipper Mark Noble scored 4 goals in 29 matches in the Premier League last season. The 31-year-old midfielder will likely retain his spot due to his leadership and ability to connect with the team.

Centre Attacking Midfield – Jack Wilshere 

West Ham United signed Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract this summer. The 26-year-old English midfielder joined the Club he supported as a boy after he chose to leave Arsenal after 17 years, having won two FA Cups and the FA Youth Cup with the Gunners. Just last season, he played 20 matches scoring 1 goal and providing 3 assists for Arsenal.

Right Wing – Felipe Anderson

Felipe Anderson joined West Ham United on a four-year contract for a Club record fee this summer, having completed five hugely-successful seasons in Italy with Lazio. The 25-year-old Brazilian winger has the ability to both create and score goals with his versatile attacking talents.

Left Wing – Andriy Yarmolenko

Exciting, prolific and versatile forward Andriy Yarmolenko joined West Ham United from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee this summer. The 28-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful career with Ukrainian national team, scoring 35 goals, being voted Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on 4 occasions.

Striker – Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic enjoyed an exceptional debut season for the Hammers. The 29-year-old Austrian ended the 2017/18 campaign with 11 goals, 8 assists and the Hammer of the Year award. He is a versatile player capable of playing anywhere on the front line. Arnautovic will likely start as a striker due to his impressive performances last season from that position. revitalized

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