Divin Mubama’s moment has arrived


Divin Mubama’s moment has arrived having been named as a starter for West Ham in tonight’s  UEFA Europa League Group A tie at FK TSC Bačka Topola. The 19-year-old forward has finally pushed his way ahead of Danny Ings who is on the bench and it most certainly is not before time with his performance as a second half sub against Burnley and played a major part in the equaliser before Tomas Soucek grabbed the winner

Mubama is one of seven changes from the side which completed the victory at Turf Moor with David Moyes only too aware of the number of matches the team faced over the next few weeks.

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          Divin Mubama’s moment has arrived

Łukasz Fabiański returns in goal and will be looking for his first clean sheet in this competition. Ben Johnson lines up at right back, with Dinos Mavropanos playing alongside one of the players retained from Burnley – Nayef Aguerd – at centre-back.

Aaron Cresswell makes his 336th appearance for the Irons at right back with Soucek looking to continue his fine recent goal scoring form for club and country. Souček He is joined by James Ward-Prowse and Pablo Fornals, who makes a record-extending 30th European appearance for the Hammers.

He shares that record with, Saïd Benrahma, who makes his 150th West Ham game, where he will join Lucas Paquetá – scorer of the winner last time out in Europe against Olympiacos – in supporting Mubama in attack.

On the bench, the manager has a mixture of experience and youth to choose from, with the likes of Danny Ings, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna being supplemented by 21-year-old winger Dan Chesters, 17-year-old left-back Ollie Scarles and midfielder Lewis Orford, who is also 17.

West Ham United: Fabiański, Johnson, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Cresswell, Fornals, Ward-Prowse, Souček, Paquetá, Benrahma, Mubama Subs: Areola (GK), Anang (GK), Emerson, Scarles, Kehrer, Zouma, Ogbonna, Orford, Coventry, Chesters, Cornet, Ings

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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:

    Great news and good luck Divin. High time Moyes gave Cornet and Kehrer some time to – he signed them!!!

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