Late late subs – here’s the reason why


Late late subs – here’s the reason why

Late late subs – here’s the reason why we see it so often. David Moyes decided to do with Pablo Fornals against injury stricken and out of form Crystal Palace with just two minutes of normal time left!

Palace   – now without a win in seven games, five of which were defeats until of course they arrive at our place – were hardly likely to suffer much damage as a result.

Late late subs – here’s the reason why

Mavropanos had helped them enormously by managing to complete a sad Premier League double – an assist for their equaliser and an own goal against Brentford a couple or so weeks back. As we revealed earlier he wouldn’t have been in the team had Kurt Zouma been available.

So back to that weird two minutes from time substitution when Fornals appeared for no good reason from a tactical point of view. Maybe had the manager  sent on Mubama earlier when we were supposedly chasing the game it might have made sense but NO, Fornals two minutes from time was the answer in Moyes’ world.

In fact I don’t even believe that to be the case. I was told some time back by somebody who knows about these things why these late late subs are made and it’s all about cash. It means that the players who are on appearance money pick up a hefty bonus even though they may be on the pitch for just 120 seconds or less.

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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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