Kudus starts for the Hammers


Mohammed Kudus makes his Premier League debut for the Irons this afternoon with Aaron Cresswell making his first PL start this term.

But Tomas Soucek – who we understand took a knock in the Europa League game  on Thursday – has been dropped to the bench for the clash.

Sunday’s game may be No 1 for the Ghana international but Cresswell makes his 274th start and 284th appearance for the Irons in the competition, ranking second behind only Mark Noble in Club history.

WHU v Everton graphic October 2023

Alphonse Areola starts in goal and as CandH declared earlier Vladimir Coufal – who was absent in Greece – returns at right back.

Captain Kurt Zouma, who faces the club where he spent a season on loan in 2018/19, and Nayef Aguerd continue their partnership at the heart of the defence.

Edson Álvarez is in the holding position with James Ward-Prowse, who has scored four goals and assisted another in 20 career appearances against Everton.

Kudus joins a four man attacking group of Lucas Paqueta , six-goal Jarrod Bowen and the Hammers’ all-time leading Premier League marksman Michail Antonio.

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Zouma ©, Aguerd, Cresswell, Álvarez, Ward-Prowse, Bowen, Kudus, Paquetá, Antonio
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Kehrer, Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Souček, Fornals, Benrahma, Cornet, Ings

Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski ©, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Garner, Doucouré, Onana, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Virgínia (GK), Godfrey, Keane, Gueye, Chermiti, Hunt, Dobbin, Danjuma, Beto

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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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  • Hammers in the blood 1 says:

    About time Kudus started , he looks class . Let’s press today , work hard and show what we can do . COYI ⚒

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