Alan Pardew had admitted a player like Christian Benteke at Crystal Palace could leave if he goes and scores a number of goals this season.
Christian Benteke embarrassingly miscued a penalty over the bar midway through the second half against the Hammers but Pardew insists he still has full faith in the Belgium global.
Palace face a Leicester side who have made a disappointing start to the defence of their title but have won their opening three Champions League matches.
Despite his forgettable penalty last weekend, Benteke has been in great form for his new side.
"It might be a slight risk to play him from the start and I do not think the two other centre-halves deserve that either the way they have played", he said.
He said: "Scott has trained this week, so he'll travel, I think, yes".
"It's understandable. They've had an unbelievable season and they're attacking the Champions League".
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During the interview, Pardew also heaps praise on Leicester City's achievements and revealed that both he was hoping they'd clinch the title at the end of the season.
Languishing in 13th place with two wins and eight goals from eight games, City have scored only one goal in their last three league matches and lost 3-0 at Chelsea last time out.
"They are the champions".
An obvious hole in the Leicester team was very much shaped in the form of N'Golo Kante.
However, he admits if the likes of Benteke hits the goal trail and a European giant comes in for him, Palace wouldn't have a chance of keeping the Belgian star.
"I knew sooner or later we will return to the same level, I told my players at the beginning it would be very hard, but if we keep it going then in the bad moments then we can win again."
"We think we can go toe-to-toe with anybody".
Their England worldwide striker Jamie Vardy and Moroccan winger Riyad Mahrez have seemed like innocent bystanders as team after have steamrollered Leicester. Chelsea last week comfortably beat them 3-0, and Manchester United annihilated them at Old Trafford 4-1, in a game that could've ended 6-1 quite as easily. "Certainly this fixture is a game that will be very tight".