West Ham manager David Moyes has provided a huge indication of his team selection ahead of our clash with Arsenal in the EFL Cup tonight.
Our Hammers host the Gunners at the London Stadium later in a bid to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, with pressure somewhat on the boss following a bad week which saw 3 consecutive defeats for Moyes’ side.
The West Ham manager knows that the game will mean a lot to many considering we are hosting a London rival, who signed Declan Rice in the summer for £105m. It is therefore imperative the match is taken very seriously and the selection justifies that also.
Moyes has hinted that due to upcoming suspensions for this weekend of both Lucas Paqueta and Edson Alvarez, they are more likely to feature against Arsenal tonight.
“It’s a factor because I can’t use them at the weekend,” said Moyes when asked if their suspensions have an impact, as reported by the clubs Official Website. “It’s disappointing that they were booked and suspended, but that’s the way the league has gone this year.”
The boss was also asked about Mohammed Kudus, who many will be hoping to again see feature for our Irons tonight, following a promising start to life for the forward in east London.
“It can take a few months for anybody to adapt, whether they’re doing well or not. I think Mo has settled in well though. He started against Everton and did well,” said Moyes.
“He’s young and we’re not pushing too hard or asking for too much too soon. I think he could be a midfield player, but could also play off the right or up front for us. I think all those positions are important for us because it gives us a variation.”
Finally Moyes acknowledged that emotions will be running high when Declan Rice returns to face the club he joined at 14, with the boss hoping the England midfielder is given a warm welcome back by the Hammers faithful.
“I hope we’ll see Declan back. ,” added Moyes. “This is the man who lifted the first European trophy in 50 years at West Ham. He should be welcome back with open arms.
“He was a brilliant member of the team and conducted himself impeccably as a West Ham captain.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him. I’m not sure I want him to play! But I hope he is there.”