West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku turned down the call from his national side DR Congo as he wants to focus on his form at club level.
Arthur Masuaku has been playing his best football for West Ham this season since he arrived from Olympiacos F.C. in 2016. The left-wing-back has received a lot of criticism from groups of fans since joining the club because of some of the mistakes he has made on the pitch.
But now the 26-year-old is in the form of his life, building a solid partnership with Aaron Cresswell on the left-side of the Hammers defence. Despite only providing one assist in the seven Premier League games he has appeared in Masuaku has become a key member of the sides game plan.
Masuaku possesses fantastic dribbling technique, speed and power. These attributes teamed with the support from Cresswell have been crucial to the club’s good start to the season. The only worry for David Moyes and fans is if Masuaku suffered an injury as the club does not have a sufficient back-up for him.
The positive news is that because of the defenders latest decision; he won’t be getting injured down in Africa on International duty any time soon. ExWHUEmployee confirmed that Masuaku turned down the chance to represent DR Congo in the AFCON qualification matches against Angola.
The defender reportedly had picked up a small knock to one of his knees and did not want risk worsening the injury. Masuaku is believed to be entirely focused on his West Ham career while the going is good. This news will be music to fan’s ears who have stuck by the marauding wing-back, who has frustrated at times during his time with the Hammers.
The expectation is now that Masuaku will be fit to play in West Ham’s next fixture against Sheffield United on Sunday. The club will be hoping to make it back to back wins and consecutive clean-sheets following their 1-0 win over Fulham.