Kalvin Phillips

Phillips starts as one of four changes


Kalvin Phillips will make his Hammers debut against Bournemouth tonight  as one of four changes made  by manager David Moyes.

Phillips starts as one of four changes

Phillips becomes the 996th player to make his competitive first-team debut since the Club was reformed at West Ham United in June 1900.

Pablo Fornals – now believed to be on his way to Real Betis – makes way for Phillips, while fit-again Edson Álvarez also comes into the midfield in place of Maxwel Cornet

Álvarez has missed the last two games through injury, but will line up alongside Phillips, Tomáš Souček and James Ward-Prowse  at London Stadium.

Bournemouth team

Mohammed Kudus replaces Danny Ings, following his return from the 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and Jarrod Bowen retains his place in attack alongside Kudus.

In defence, as expected, Ben Johnson comes in for the suspended Vladimír Coufal. Dinos Mavropanos, skipper Kurt Zouma and Emerson also start, as well as goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who came off in the dying stages of the Sheffield United draw.

FA Youth Cup winners Kaelan Casey, Lewis Orford and Ollie Scarles keep their spots on the bench from the trip to Bramall Lane, with the trio having started the U21s’ Premier League International Cup victory over Croatia’s GNK Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.

West Ham United: Areola, Johnson, Mavropanos, Zouma ©, Emerson, Álvarez, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Souček, Kudus, Bowen
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Cornet, Ings, Orford, Mubama, Casey, Scarles

AFC Bournemouth: Neto ©, Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly, Cook, Christie, Semenyo, Scott, Tavernier, Solanke
Subs: Travers (GK), Kerkez, Mepham, Kilkenny, Faivre, Billing, Kinsey-Wellings, Sinisterra, Kluivert


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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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