West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted he is tempted to change things and give Mohammed Kudus a starting role in the side.
Confidence surrounding the club has taken a significant knock following the 4-1 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday, which in turn has prompted many to question why the Ghanaian international Kudus isn’t now in the team, following the impact he mas made so far in east London.
Moyes opted for the same team for the trip to Villa Park, with Antonio leading the line ahead of Soucek in midfield, however it did appear that Antonio was struggling with fatigue – with his Jamaica duties once again causing concern.
The Hammers boss has now admitted that there is a temptation to start Kudus, with pressure mounting that a change is needed, especially with West Ham failing to punish Villa, with a real lack of cutting edge evident.
“Every ball we played in and around the box was the wrong decision,” Moyes said, as reported by the Evening Standard. “We couldn’t pick anyone out and it led to us hardly creating any chances to score.
“I see Aston Villa as a really, really good side, good style, good formation, hard to play against. But we could’ve punished them today like we have Brighton or Chelsea, other teams at a similar level.
“We didn’t get the clear opportunities because we didn’t make it from the chances we had to make the opportunities. That was the disappointing bit for me.”
Moyes confessed the temptation is there to start Kudus, and with crucial and on-paper winnable games on the horizon, many will be hoping the correct call is made.
“I’m tempted to start Kudus every game,” added the Irons manager. “But I have to be fair and say that the team’s played quite well. Obviously, we’ve got a balance that we’re trying to find and get that right as well.
“Sometimes our balance has been very good and got us some good results. Now and again sometimes it can cause you problems as well.”