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Which West Ham players are worth picking in Dream Team for the 2021/22 season?

West Ham players should be more appealing to Dream Team bosses this coming season than ever before.

Why? Because they only went and qualified for Europe.

Dream Team players score points in the Premier League, Champions League, Europa Conference, FA Cup, EFL Cup and, most relevant to the Hammers, the Europa League.

Any team that qualified for a European competition is likely to produce more Dream Team points by virtue of a busier schedule.

So which West Ham players might be worth a spot in your XI this season?


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Remember the golden rule of Dream Team

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Remember the golden rule of Dream Team

The first thing to say is that you should probably avoid Declan Rice (£2.5m).

The 22-year-old is one of the best players in his position in the Premier League but defensive midfielders generally don’t produce healthy returns.

The likes of Rice, Kalvin Phillips (£2.5m), Fabinho (£2.0m) and N’Golo Kante (£3.0m) deal in 7+ ratings and the occasional goal involvement.

You want your Dream Team midfielders to be regular scorers, assist-providers, and Star Man candidates – Rice, for all his merits, does not fall into this category.

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Full-back pairing Aaron Cresswell (£3.0m) and Vladimir Coufal (£3.5m) contributed 15 league assists between them last season making them more prolific in the playmaking department than Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.5m) and Andy Robertson (£4.0m) domestically.

Cresswell takes set-pieces while Coufal’s assists generally came from open play and both could be smart options if David Moyes can maintain the same spirit around the club that propelled them to a 6th-place finish.

Lacking nothing in intensity

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Lacking nothing in intensity

Tomas Soucek (£3.5m) scored ten goals having nearly every minute of last season’s Premier League campaign.

The Czech midfielder is a massive aerial threat and gets forward considerably more than Rice but it seems unlikely he will hit double figures again this coming this season – there are more attacking talents in his price bracket.

Keep an eye on Said Benrahma’s (£2.5m) progress.

The Algerian winger started to show what he’s capable of at the end of last term, exciting his fans with his skilful dribbling and fearless approach.

It may be too much of a gamble to back the ex-Brentford man from the get-go but he’s a player worth monitoring.

Michail Antonio (£3.5m) has been an excellent Dream Team asset in recent years… when fit.

Antonio’s minutes-per-goal ratio is very impressive these days

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Antonio’s minutes-per-goal ratio is very impressive these days

Constant injury setbacks make him a risky selection but he has developed a penchant for eye-catching spells of form.

Last season, the 31-year-old averaged a goal or assist every 132 minutes in the Premier League – sadly he was restricted to just 26 appearances.

With Pep Guardiola reluctant to play any strikers at all and question marks over the likes of Sadio Mane (£5.5m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£5.0m) and Timo Werner (£3.5m), Dream Team gaffers may have to shop outside the so-called ‘big six’ for forward options and Antonio certainly deserves consideration.

West Ham play Newcastle, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Southampton in their first four games so backing a Hammer or two from Game Week 1 seems relatively sensible.

However, Moyes’ lads should come into their own once the Europa League gets underway.