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Moyes hints at weakened team

David Moyes has hinted at resting a number of players when West Ham take on Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Hammers are back in action after the weekend’s dismal defeat to Newcastle.

With a terrible fixture list on the horizon – the Hammers play Arsenal at the weekend – Moyes has issued an official statement on the club’s website.

And he has hinted that he will be giving chances to a number of younger players, though he insists that he will try to win every competition he enters.

Of course, the Hammers have had a number of problems in the Carabao Cup; they were beaten 4-0 by Oxford United last season as Manuel Pellegrini rotated his squad and played a weakened side.

Moyes said: “We will do everything we can to progress in the Carabao Cup, a competition which will advance and reach the latter stages quickly due to the opening rounds being played in the early weeks of this season.

“I’ve always tried to win every cup in which my club has been entered. Ultimately though, the Premier League will always be a priority for every member club because of the finances it generates, particularly during these times made more uncertain by the presence of COVID-19.

“Tonight’s game will provide me with a chance to give some players an opportunity to show me what they can do. I have always believed throughout my managerial career that success in any competition is a good thing.”

If the Hammers beat Charlton, they will face either Leeds United or Hull City in the fourth round, opening the door to a possible all-Premier League encounter.

In the meantime tonight’s match may turn into another of those nail biting experiences against lower division opposition which could cause us more severe embarrassment.

That won’t be an unusual event in a season which has already caused much grief among the fans as the squad attempt to get some sort of momentum going amid a cartload of rumours on most everything to do with the club.


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11 comments on “Moyes hints at weakened team

  1. Totally understand…….A cup run is always nice.
    But being realistic, he’ll have to manage his resources wisely if we are looking at another relegation battle. If I was manager, I certainly wouldn’t play Declan or Antonio tonight!

  2. I thought he played the weakened team against Newcastle ?

    • What a brilliant comment. I fully respect and accept the fact that he has not been backed by the board but what I cannot accept is his decision to play Fredericks, Cresswell and Noble last weekend, nor can I accept his decision to play one up top. If he does the same this weekend he and his backroom team have learned nothing, absolutely nothing and are letting the club and fans down. If he cannot get players change it nd if that means a change in formation then he needs to make that happen. Tonight is a great chance to try out a new formation.

    • Indeed
      Looks better balanced than the rubbish last Saturday

  3. By weak team does he mean the same team as Saturday as I saw no fight/pride in them.

  4. Why play all the wtrong players that are needed to the PL week in? He has a strong enough bench on paper to win but that doesn’t mean anything of course 🙂 I hope he gives the youngsters that he is serious about bringing through to the first team a chance tonight along with Haller, Randolph, Lanzini and gang.

  5. What’s he talking about, he hasn’t won a thing he’s whole managerial career, doesn’t know the meaning of going to win a game, stay in the game a let’s break away and try to nick a goal, it could be Charlton at home or Liverpool away, same tactics same formation same result, get him out, he was useless the first time he managed us know we have given him more time the result will be catastrophic, worst manager in the Premier League………

  6. Tonight should give the likes of Haller, Anderson, Lanzini, Yarmalenko,Whilshire,Masuarko(or how ever you spell his name!)Johnson and Balbuena some much needed game time. Not too weak a side with those players in it.

  7. What a surprise, keep saying want to be a big team and can’t field a decent team in a cup game.
    Club’s a waste of space.
    Target this year 4 th from bottom.
    Target last year – 4 th from bottom.

    Next level stuff this.

  8. The boys that played on Saturday must be exhausted. All that effort and commitment.
    I can’t imagine what a weaker side than that one would look like.

  9. RESTING!.Most of them did’nt even break into a sweat on Saturday.5 days before Arsenal so how about a little cup run for the poor suffering fans.

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