Two changes as Moyes calls up Downes and Soucek


David Moyes has called up  Flynn Downes and Tomáš Souček for first team starts – the two changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Chelsea.

The Czech international scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw between the clubs at London Stadium earlier this season, while Downes will make his first Premier League start since the Hammers’ trip to Manchester United last October.

The changes mean that Benrahma drops to a substitutes’ where Gianluca Scamacca is also included making the squad since the Irons’ 2-2 draw against Leeds United in January.

Paquetá is the other player to make way from the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, with the Brazil midfielder’s absence from the matchday squad due to injury confirmed by David Moyes earlier this week.

Vladimír Coufal and Emerson are deployed as the Irons’ wing-backs for the fourth straight league fixture. The Italy international netted his first Premier League goal against the Blues last weekend,

Alongside Coufal and Emerson, a settled back three sees Thilo Kehrer, Nayef Aguerd, and Angelo Ogbonna seek the Irons’ fourth clean sheet in 2023.

Further forward, skipper Declan Rice will be joined by Downes and Souček in midfield, while Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen spearhead the Hammers’ attack.

Tottenham Hotspur: Forster, Royal, Romero, Dier, Lenglet, Davies, Skipp, Højbjerg, Kulusevski, Richarlison, Kane ©
Subs: Austin (GK), Porro, Tanganga, Sánchez, Sarr, Perisic, Danjuma, Moura, Son

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Emerson, Rice ©, Souček, Downes, Bowen, Antonio
Subs: Areola (GK), Johnson, Cresswell, Scamacca, Fornals, Ings, Benrahma, Casey

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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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