It’s been mentioned on the forums many times but you have to believe the time will have come against Doncaster Rovers to finally hand Andriy Yarmolenko a chance to lead the attack.
Indeed the Ukraine international is perhaps the only option to manager David Moyes for the fourth round match.
With David Moyes declaring there’s some uncertainty whether he will get a striker in it seems an obvious move.
Mipo Odubeko is self-isolating and will not be available so it adds up to a simple question: Should Moyes play Yarmolenko or Michail Antonio?
Playing Mikey three times in a week following games against Burnley and West Brom, makes no sense whatsoever gi ven the hamstrings.
Bringing Yarmolenko in for his chance at centre-forward seems the only answer with other changes of course on the cards.
Issa Diop has not played in the league since December, and this would be an ideal time to bring him in from the cold.
Craig Dawson has been exceptional in the Premier League and deserves a rest.
Elsewhere, there are likely to be appearances from Ryan Fredericks, The General, Ben Johnson and Mark Noble.
It is a useful audition, and of course, a win would set up what could be what some have described as the tie from hell – assuming we win of course -against either Manchester United or Liverpool.
Although, with the way the Hammers have been playing lately, it’d be a brave man who bet against them should that turn out to be the case!