David Moyes may have sealed his legacy for what is fast becoming an ill-fated second spell at West Ham United.
West Ham’s 2-0 defeat at the Etihad on Wednesday night was instantly forgettable.
But it will surely be remembered for one of the most bizarre decisions ever taken by a West Ham manager as Moyes elected to leave over £130million worth of talent out of his side.
West Ham sit 18th and are desperately in need of points to stay in the Premier League.
Moyes leaves out £130million of talent
So West Ham fans were utterly baffled when £45million Sebastien Haller, fit-again £40million Felipe Anderson, £22million new boy Jarrod Bowen and £23million midfielder Pablo Fornals were omitted.
Haller and Anderson were unused substitutes while Bowen had a late cameo when the game was well and truly dead at 2-0.
Fornals – West Ham’s best player for several months before Moyes’s arrival – was not even in the squad.
Quite how Moyes can ever justify leaving £130million of players out given the grave situation West Ham find themselves in is anyone’s guess. And that’s not even including the likes of Manuel Lanzini who – in fairness to Moyes – has been woeful this season.
West Ham sleepwalking to relegation
The hapless Arthur Masuaku, passenger Mark Noble and hardworking but often ineffective and slow Robert Snodgrass all started.
Moyes’s second spell at West Ham is turning into a complete disaster. One win in seven Premier League games tells its own story.
And if the Hammers don’t turn things around the Scot’s legacy will be the day he left out £130million of players as West Ham sleepwalked to relegation.
Social media, fans’s forums and radio phone-ins have been awash with fans incredulous at his team selection and tactics.
Scot’s unpopular return turning into a disaster
And is it any wonder.
He certainly wasn’t resting them to give West Ham a better chance of winning their next game.
As fans know only too well Liverpool await at Anfield on Monday night.
The Hammers need to win at least five games to have a chance of survival.
West Ham will soon be in a situation where the team needs to go from relegation form to Champions League form.
Lose to Liverpool and the Hammers could be left needing to win half their remaining matches to stay up.