Moyes faces a tricky Kurt Zouma issue


David Moyes faces a tricky issue Kurt Zouma issue. Does he play him against Olympiacos tomorrow evening (Thurs) or Nottingham Forest on Sunday. As has been mentioned by Claret and Hugh in the past, problems with his knees mean the captain can’t play two matches within a few days and given the importance of both games it’s a really tricky issue for the manager.

Moyes faces a tricky Kurt Zouma issue

A defeat against Olympiacos at the London Stadium would see West Ham knocked off top position. Currently they are holding it jointly with Freiburg who have the same goal difference as us and who tomorrow play Backus Topol, bottom of the group with just a single point. It’s pretty clear which of the two sames looks the most straightforward!

Given the appalling defensive performance at Brentford last weekend, the Hammers could certainly use the skipper at central defence for the game tomorrow but the match against Forest is probably of more importance – marginally anyway. We shall soon see how Moyes views the relative importance of the double header games on when he decides to play Zouma.

The central defender has been spotted in training this week – courtesy Hammers News – smiling and laughing with his team mates. Maybe the likeliest outcome is that Moyes will have Zouma on the bench in case a serious emergency arises while continuing with Aguerd and Mavropanos in midfield. Frankly it’s a really tricky issue and not one I wouldn’t like to be making. One other thing looks certain, however, that both Edson Alvarez and Lucas Paqueta will be involved in this weeks Olympiacos/Forest double header having been suspended for the game at Brentford last weekend.

Here’s my team for tomorrow evening’s game at the London Stadium: Fabianski; Coufal, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Cresswell, Alvarez, Ward-Prose, Paqueta, Soucek, Kudus, Bowen.


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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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