Will Moyes execute board instruction on Mubama?
The news that Divin Mubama has been urged to forget about money and focus on playing suggests that the young player is likely to see some time on the pitch. Such an instruction typically indicates a certainty that first-team minutes are on offer.
Now, it’s up to David Moyes, and one can only hope that the West Ham manager aligns with the messaging from the club hierarchy. So it would be strange if contract negotiations halted without a prospect of a run in the first team now the instruction has been issued.
Hopefully, Mubama will earn a well-deserved start in the Europa League on Thursday night. There is no tactical reason to choose Danny Ings over Mubama unless Moyes wants to show everyone who’s boss. With Michail Antonio still recovering from ligament damage and the impracticality of bringing Jarrod Bowen to Serbia, Mubama, Ings, and possibly Cornet are the candidates to lead the line against TSC.
Mubama might find that he strengthens his negotiating position by performing well for the club in the coming weeks. With West Ham acknowledging a lack of funds for a new striker and Antonio’s goal supply uncertain, Mubama has an opportunity. Bowen will likely be needed on the right wing in January as a result of Mohammed Kudus playing at the African Cup of Nations.
So over to you David Moyes. The ownership has encouraged the player to concentrate on playing; all Mubama needs now is a chance.