But what does this mean for Mark Noble? If we pencil in a first choice eleven in formation now it probably reads:
Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney
Vaz Te Maiga
The team looks reasonable to me, although the full back positions still need to be addressed in my book. With two holding midfielders, we have a good screen for the back four, whilst Nolan, Vaz Te, Maiga and Cole offer four goal scoring threats going forward in open play. Mind you, if that team starts, Allardyce will be playing for corners, crowding opposition keepers and looking to bundle in a couple of goals a game based on a Land of the Giants formation: Demel, McCartney, Collins, Tomkins, Diarra, Maiga, Cole, Vaz Te and Diame are all six foot plus!
It sure as hell aint going to be pretty, but if it is effective, the new breed of Hammers fans won't be complaining!