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Could Angelo Ogbonna tip the balance for West Ham against Tottenham?

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Could Angelo Ogbonna tip the balance for West Ham against Tottenham?

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini should consider fielding Angelo Ogbonna against Tottenham Hotspur, as the Italian seems to enjoy the League Cup.

The defender has scored six goals for the Hammers since arrival at the club in 2015, and 75% of those have come in the competition.

As reported by the club’s official website, he first notched in September 2017 against Bolton Wanderers.

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His second came in the next round against Tottenham in the 3-2 comeback victory, which bodes well ahead of tonight’s clash.

And Ogbonna has managed two more in this season’s competition, scoring against AFC Wimbledon and Macclesfield Town.

There seems to just be something about the competition for Ogbonna, and maybe Pellegrini would be unwise to ignore his surprisingly good form.


Ogbonna surely has to play

Everything points to Ogbonna starting at the London Stadium.

Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop appear to be the first choice pairing now, meaning one of them should be rested ahead of the Premier League match with Burnley on Saturday.

While Ogbonna leaves a lot to be desired defensively, the fact that he has a goal in him surely makes the risk worth taking, especially given the fixture pile up.

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The Italian is a handful from set pieces, and could give the Tottenham centre-halves an uncomfortable evening.

Who he comes up against in those scenarios remains to be seen.

Mauricio Pochettino could select the inexperienced Juan Foyth and partner him with Eric Dier, or Toby Alderweireld or Davinson Sanchez may be forced to play a second match in the space of 48 hours.

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