West Ham manager David Moyes should give Harrison Ashby a chance and play him from the start against Silkeborg tomorrow night.
Ashby, 20, was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United and Leeds United on transfer deadline day in the summer window (The Daily Mail).
The young right-back ended up staying at the London Stadium though, with David Moyes unable to bring in another right sided defender.
We think that the 20-year-old leaving the London Stadium would be a massive blow for the Hammers. And with that in mind, Silkeborg vs West Ham clash should represent an opportunity for Moyes to put some faith in Ashby…
Moyes must start Ashby for West Ham against Silkeborg
The Hammers travel to Denmark to take on Silkeborg in Group B’s match-day two UEFA Europa Conference League clash.
West Ham won our first game against FCSB at the London Stadium last week.
A win against the Danes tomorrow night would put us in a really strong position to qualify for the knockout stages after the World Cup.
The Hammers should have more than enough firepower to deal with Silkeborg. And because of that, Moyes should mix up his starting XI, with a game against Everton scheduled for his side just three days later.
Harrison Ashby should be one of the first names on Moyes’s team-sheet tomorrow in my opinion, for various reasons.
Firstly, if the Scot really intends to keep the 20-year-old at the London Stadium, he needs to prove to him that he will at least play a handful of games. If he is continually left out, there is no reason why he won’t push for a January exit from West Ham.
Secondly, Vladimir Coufal has been nowhere near his best this season and being left out of the starting XI might just give him a kick up the backside.
There is a genuine argument to be made that Ashby has actually been better than Coufal this season, when he has played.
And David Moyes must play the 20-year-old West Ham right-back from the start against Silkeborg. If he doesn’t, it will send a very clear message to the youngster that his future does not lie with the Hammers.