Greek Colossus gives Moyes much to consider


Colossus gives Moyes much to consider

Konstantinos Mavropanos has presented West Ham manager David Moyes with a bit of a selection headache. During last nights 3-1 victory over Arsenal, the Greek defender’s performance, though possibly overshadowed by more renowned teammates, should not be underestimated.

Mohammed Kudus stole the limelight with a remarkable goal and Jarrod Bowen exhibited his lethal attacking prowess. Lucas Paqueta’s mesmerising display showcased his skills as a Brazilian playmaker, with tricks and audacious ball manipulation.

However, whilst many were focused on the attackers, Mavropanos delivered a reliable showing in the heart of the defence. He also appeared to be forming forming a reassuring partnership with Nayef Aguerd. The Moroccan clearly enjoyed playing alongside Mavropanos and I’d like to see more.

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Colossus Mavropanos gives Moyes much to consider

Whilst it might be premature for David Moyes to hastily replace Kurt Zouma in the central defence, Mavropanos took a significant step towards earning a regular spot in the starting line-up with a hulkingly impressive performance against Arteta’s men.

‘Dinos’ has some impressive attributes, including speed, immense physical strength, aerial dominance, and the ability to carry the ball from the back. His display left a positive impression on me, and it is likely that David Moyes will share the same sentiment.

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  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    I completely agree. Zouma was past his best when Chelsea let him go, with long-standing injury issues. We’ve got some good performances out of him, and there’s no doubt that he was a step up in class when we bought him.

    But the years are catching up with him and Oggie, and I’m not convinced that the strong, stocky but slow style of centre back is really what is needed these days (hence why I’m glad we didn’t buy Maguire).

    Centre backs need to be like Aguerd and Mavropanos – tall, strong and athletic. Able to react quickly to pacey strikers and distribute. For me, they (and centre backs in their mould) are the future if we want the team to speed up.

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