David Moyes has dropped a big selection hint for West Ham United’s clash with Dinamo Zagreb.
That’s what we think anyway.
The Hammers play host to Dinamo Zagreb at the London Stadium on December 9th.
West Ham have already secured qualification for the last 16 of the Europa League. So the match against Zagreb is a dead rubber as far as we’re concerned.
With the games coming thick and fast over the next five weeks or so, Moyes will undoubtedly rotate his side for the final Europa League group stage game.
David Moyes just dropped a big hint that 17-year-old will start for West Ham v Dinamo Zagreb
Sonny Perkins made his senior debut for the Hammers against Rapid Vienna on Thursday night.
And the 17-year-old made a huge impression. Perkins was unlucky not to score just a couple of minutes after coming on and he put in a really strong shift.
The teenager may well be getting some more minutes under his belt very soon as well.
David Moyes spoke with Football.London and admitted that Perkins may well have started against Rapid Vienna had the circumstances been different:
“You know the thrill for the boy, you can see he is nervous but thrilled. The young boys nowadays it means so much to them, but it always has done and I said last night I’ve given quite a few boys, 17-year-olds and 16-year-olds in some cases their debuts and I think possibly had we not conceded the only goal in Genk in the 90th minute where we drew 2-2 I might have started Sonny. He is doing great for the Under-23’s and in general, the U23’s have done very well.”
Moyes clearly suggested that had West Ham wrapped up qualification for the last 16 away in Genk, he would have started Perkins for the Rapid Vienna game.
Now, with qualification wrapped up, the result against Dinamo Zagreb is immaterial.
Moyes has hinted that Perkins will be given a chance to shine against the Croatian side from the start.
And what an incredible evening that will be at the London Stadium if the teenage strike sensation is included in Moyes’s starting XI.