After getting off to the worst possible start in the League, West Ham manager, David Moyes, now has an opportunity to give other players a chance.
After losing to Newcastle by two goals, Moyes has a chance to mix his West Ham team up ahead of a League Cup match against Charlton Athletic. Many of the first team regulars did not perform to a required standard, as seen in GSH player ratings.
After another disaster class from Aaron Cresswell, it is time to try something else. The 30-year-old left-back was well off the pace of the game and offered very little help to West Ham defensively.
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Arthur Masuaku may not be the most defensive-minded defender but to not make the matchday squad suggests that he is quite far behind Cresswell. But ninety minutes can be significant in football.
The DR Congo international had an excellent preseason and should be given a chance to stake his claim to the left-back spot ahead of Cresswell. Masuaku is quick and can contribute going forward. Felipe Anderson has also been notably better when he has had MAsuaku behind him.
Of course, Masuaku is also capable of the occasional defensive error, and this was always the argument for Cresswell to start ahead of him. But now Cresswell is becoming more error-prone than Masuaku ever was, so surely Moyes should give Masuaku the nod.
The match against Charlton will give the 26-year-old some much-needed game time ahead of the Premier League match against Arsenal.
Good to get more minutes yesterday! pic.twitter.com/lOI6pllHPg
— Aji Alese (@AjiAlese) August 26, 2020
Aji Alese played his part in a couple of the preseason games and in that time earned himself a lot of fans from the West Ham faithful. At the moment there are plenty of holes in the defence, and one of ever-widening is the one being left by Issa Diop.
The French defender is still a talented defender who could become a world-class defender one day. But at the moment Diop is making to many mistakes, and Moyes should recognise this and try to do something different.
Alese could be that option. Standing at 192cm, Alese very much has the stature to be a commanding presence in the West Ham backline. Giving the 19-year-old a chance could be beneficial in two ways.
The Hammers could find themselves a capable centre-back who is ready to step up and take on the responsibility. Alese’s involvement would also offer Diop some needed respite and some time to assess his position at the club.
With Diangana’s exit and Moyes’ distrust of Felipe Anderson meaning no recognised left-winger is currently in the West Ham team. Pablo Fornals has been covering the position but would arguably be better suited to the number ten role Mark Noble is playing in.
If Fornals is pushed into his natural position, it opens up the left-wing spot, and Mésaque Djú should be given the opportunity to show his ability. The 21-year-old scored four times in the preseason, so knows where the goal is.
Ones to watch ⚒
– Joined West Ham from Benfica B in 2019
– Versatile forward who can play on the right or left
– Impressive finishing ability
– Four goals in four pre-season games
Talent 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/UfXWNJKNS7
— Dan Woffenden (@danwoff98) September 7, 2020
Dju was signed from Benfica in 2019, and his versatility could be crucial for the club this season should be able to establish himself. Lower League Charlton would be the perfect opportunity for Dju to show why he was so highly rated.
The club is in a crossroads at the moment and with no new signings seeming close at the moment. Moyes could look to give bigger roles to players who still have a lot to prove.