David Moyes has recalled Said Benrahma to the team for this afternoon’s game rather than give Nikola Vlasic another outing.
Despite the player showing us more than previously in the last game against Sevilla the manager has called up the Algeria international after he produced some creative stuff when replacing the Croatian in the game against Sevilla.
With Jarrod Bowen injured the move represents the uncertainty involved with several of the squad players and it must be hoped that Benny can provide what has sometimes been a decent link with Mikey Antonio up front.
He might have replaced Pablo Fornals given the Spaniard wasn’t at his best in the Europa League match.
Lukasz Fabianski returns between the sticks for the game for Alphonse Areola but beyond that the team remains unchanged for a match which once again remains crucial to us holding four top six in the short to middle term.
Ukranian Andriy Yarmolenko also returns to the team for the first time since the appalling Russian invasion of his country and is sure of a huge reception should he make an appearance off the bench..