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David Moyes quite simply must start £2.6m man for West Ham against Hull tonight
Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images

David Moyes quite simply must start £2.6m man for West Ham against Hull tonight

West Ham take on Hull City in the third round of the Carabao Cup tonight. And it will be vital for Hammers boss David Moyes to try out some of his younger players. One man in particular who should be given a chance is Goncalo Cardoso.

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The 19-year-old joined the Hammers from Boavista in the summer of 2019 for around £2.6 million (Football.London).

Manuel Pellegrini brought him to east London, despite not many fans knowing who he actually was.

And the Portuguese youngster is still yet to feature for the West Ham first-team.

Goncalo Cardoso (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Cardoso has made 19 appearances for the club’s under-23’s. And he has really impressed, with one goal and two assists to his name (Transfermarkt).

The former Boavista man seems to have all the ingredients needed to go on and become a top centre-back.

But he really hasn’t been given an opportunity since Moyes took over at the London Stadium.

Opportunity to see what youngster is all about

And tonight’s clash with Hull seems to be the ideal opportunity for the Scot to go against the grain and give Cardoso a chance. There is little point keeping him around the club if he is unable to compete against seasoned pros at the highest level.

Goncalo Cardoso (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Who knows? The 19-year-old may be completely out of his depth against Hull. But at the same time, he might just surprise a few people.

Moyes has little to lose by giving Cardoso a chance tonight. But as we all know too well, the Scot has always been reluctant to make gutsy calls regarding his team selection.

Let’s just hope that tonight is different. Sure, we all want West Ham to win a cup. 40 years is a long time to wait for the fans. But this season is all about the Premier League. And Moyes needs to look at tonight’s clash with Hull as a chance to experiment. It may just end up being extremely worthwhile and it could benefit Cardoso.

It would be no surprise to see Moyes stick with what he knows, however.