Come on Moyes – how much longer must we wait?


Come on Moyes – how much longer must we wait?

Mubama – how much longer must we wait?

There has been much discussion about Mikey Antonio’s fading Hammers career of late but his form slump poses one big question: How much longer must we wait for the kids?

It will be impossible to find another top striker in the window or, come to that, probably in the summer, although many of us our pinning our faith on technical director Tim Steidten’s contacts in Europe.

In the meantime, however, it has to be asked: “When does David Moyes believe the aspiring youngster Divin Mubama or indeed Scott Marshall will be ready?”

Come on Moyes – how much longer must we wait

Indeed a further question also needs to be asked: WHEN will he give either or both the opportunity to get some minutes on the pitch – can they be any worse than poor £15 million signing Danny Ings?

Top strikers these days are absolute gold dust and the Hammers missed out on both Ivan Toney and Ollie Watkins – are we to believe David Moyes has anyone better up his sleeve?

I remember watching Mubama against Brentford last season and believing that given the opportunity this was a boy who looked business.

Mubama/Marshall – how much longer must we wait

Callum Marshall-West Ham-Northern Ireland

Marshall – how much longer must we wait?

He knows how to get in behind defences and is more than capable of scoring goals and although I cannot speak for Marshal,  his goal scoring record is speaking for itself in the Development squad.

I recall David Moyes claiming when academy prospects were being allowed to leave  – two have joined Manchester City by the way – that we needed to make way for better prospects.

It’s a reasonable point only if those that follow them don’t get the chance to prove what they weren’t are we to truly believe what the manager is telling us.

This weekend it is Everton and with due respect they aren’t the strongest team in the Premier League so surely this should represent a chance that Mubama should be allowed to take.

I remember Terry Westley telling me when he was academy director that any youngsters getting their chance need to be at the top of the game when that happens as it is a very easy decision to drop them if it doesn’t work out.

In fairness to Mubama he has done  on his very rare opportunities so although I’m not holding my breath it will be a shame if he doesn’t start getting his chances very soon.

It’s not working for Mikey at the moment and it hasn’t happened at all for Danny Ings yet so this really doesn’t seem a hard decision to make – come on Moyesie!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • hammerpete6 says:

    Hear hear Hughie – the worrying sign is the deja vu of young stars not getting any minutes at all. That means Moyes cannot reasonably suddenly start them so he is effectively starving them of the experience he demands they need to select them!! Yes and this is just the same as before, two years of no appearances at all, no minutes, no hope.

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