David Moyes may be forced to do what many fans have been calling for during most of the season in one of the toughest games of the season this weekend.
We go to Stamford Bridge with only the heroic Craig Dawson as a central defender fit enough from the four on the books to play.
With Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and now Issa Diop injured it may of course be that David Moyes decides to play Declan at the back but if we are truly looking to win the game he will surely be required in front of a back four,
And should that be the case then the case then the time may well have come for him for launch either of two under 23s Aji Alese or Jamal Baptiste into action.
It’s easy to argue that either should have had a chance at either FA Cup or EFL Cup level rather than being launched into action against such opposition as Chelsea.
Having said that I for one hope it happens as I wouldn’t expect either to do anything less than a top job and let’s not be blaming the manager for any lack of action in the transfer window as to have three central defenders go down with injury in a season is just rank bad luck.
However, a top display at the weekend and beyond by either of the two under 23s may well save the club some money in the transfer market although Moyes has made it clear in the past that he has players in that position to have experience.