West Ham United boss David Moyes will frustrate fans with his response to questions over whether Jarrod Bowen will start against Southampton.
The Hammers can climb out of the bottom three with victory over the in-form Saints.
Moyes will have to do so without impressive midfielder Tomas Soucek, who has been ruled out for a month through injury.
West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in December.
West Ham and Saints contrasting fortunes since last meeting
The two clubs have had contrasting fortunes since with West Ham slipping further into danger and Southampton going on a streak that has all but ensured their survival.
But the Scot’s response when asked whether Bowen will makes his full debut will frustrate supporters.
Although speaking in his pre-match press conference, Moyes dropped a hint Michail Antonio – criticised for a distinct lack of quality as the lone striker against Liverpool – might be ditched as a forward.
Moyes responds on Bowen, drops Antonio hint?
“I think the players have done a good job in recent matches in different ways, but we need to show better quality when we’ve got the ball and got opportunities,” Moyes told the press (whufc.com).
“I’ve got to use my experience,” Moyes said when asked if Bowen could start.
“Players like Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka took six months to settle into the Premier League, but others like Tim Cahill made an impact straight away. I’ll assess Jarrod and see where he is at.
“I want him to be for the long term. If we are signing a player from Hull and hoping him to be a saviour, I think that’s unfair, but he’s looking very good and very sharp.”
Moyes response will frustrate Hammers fans but win is all-important
Moyes’s side must try to get their first win for eight league matches to kickstart any hopes of survival.
A win would likely keep the Hammers out of the bottom three until they play Wolves at home, where they could do their survival hopes the world of good with another victory.
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But West Ham must take things one game at a time and pick up the four or five wins they need to stay up between now and May 17th.