Moyes says he’s not ready to start Ings

By Hughie Southon

David Moyes has been explaining the virtues of winter signing and the reasons he decided to spend £!5 million on the former Villa striker.

Despite Gianluca Scamacca set to miss the game on Sunday, Ings is unlikely to get his first start although it is difficult to drop Antonio who has been looking in much better form over recent games.

Speaking to reporters Moyes said: “Ings’ nous of being a centre forward, bringing people into the game, his ability to finish, smelling where he should be as a centre forward is something he’s got in abundance.

He’s technically very good. The quicker we get him ready the better. Is he fully ready? No, I don’t think he’s fully ready.

But he’s certainly coming much more into our thoughts. The knee injury was what worried us. If I started him do I think I could get him through a full 90 minutes?

I couldn’t be convinced with that at the moment. He’s certainly getting closer to starting.

We’ve got Gianluca back training. He’s not feeling his knee which is a good thing but do I think he’s ready minutes? I don’t think so. He needs a few weeks of football, that’s for sure.”


About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

8 comments on “Moyes says he’s not ready to start Ings

  1. Instead, Antonio and Scamacca, imagine they’re all fit. Surely we’d have to start with a pairing up front?
    No one has recognised my genius as a football guru, obviously, as I’m still a lowly workshop manager 😆 however…
    We don’t have Haaland with De Bruyne supplying, but we have a hammer (pun intended) in Antonio and finishers in both Ings and Scamacca.
    I’d 100% hate to be defending that.

  2. Ings, not bloody Instead, damn phone 😆

  3. In recent weeks David Moyes has been more forthcoming as to why he makes decisions.
    For me it is a welcome change as it does make sense when you learn why they’re made. Absence of communication never works as we all put our own interpretation on it. Honesty and frankness pays, keep it up Mr Moyes

  4. Moyes is not only a premiership manager of great experience, but he is also party to expert insights from the medics with regards to injuries and fitness that nobody else is, and he actually takes the training sessions himself where he sees moment to moment who is doing well and who is not. You can bet your bottom dollar that he knows better than you do, to think otherwise is delusional.

    • Hasnt helped him stay oout of the bottom three though has it

      • In all honesty where do you think the team would be if you were manager ? I have no problem in saying that I would have no confidence at all if I were suddenly put in charge, even with the extra daily insights and expert inputs that come with being manager that fans do not have. That’s only realism for anyone not having high level football experience, I know what I don’t know and am not egoistic enough not to admit it.

      • I don’t think I have ever suggested such a piece of nonsense. I merely want a manager – not yourself of course or me- who understands that the best form of defence us attack. Please bet less personal; and accusing or leave. We don’t have it here

  5. Six wins out of the last twenty-nine premier league games. 6/29. How is he still here ?

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