David Moyes will be wincing this evening as West Ham star Lucas Paqueta gears up for the big Brazil opener at the World Cup.
The excitement was palpable when West Ham agreed a club record £51m fee to sign Brazil star Lucas Paqueta from Lyon in the summer.
The signing of Paqueta was described by The Times as ‘pinch yourself stuff’ for West Ham fans.
They have a point. The West Ham of old would only have gone after a player like Paqueta when he was perhaps past his best and the wrong side of 30.
Here Moyes, Rob Newman and the West Ham owners managed to sign one of Brazil’s key starters in his prime.
But fast forward a few months and Moyes is under pressure with West Ham just two places and one point off the bottom three heading into the World Cup break.
The Scot is facing accusations he simply does not know how to get the best out of a player of Paqueta’s talents.
Paqueta was the standout player of Brazil’s World Cup qualification campaign.
And this is a Brazil team currently ranked by FIFA as the best in the world and made favourites to win the tournament.
Should Paqueta shine on the biggest stage it will leave fans baffled as to why West Ham’s manager cannot get the best out of him at club level.
So Moyes will be wincing as West Ham star Paqueta gears up for the Brazil World Cup opener.
Brazil take on Serbia on Thursday night looking to put on a show and make a statement of intent.
And it could be look away time for Moyes. The Hammers boss will not just be worrying about his record signing picking up a potential injury, though.
If the midfield ace plays like he has been for Brazil, Moyes will be left red faced and under pressure to start getting those kind of performances out of him for West Ham.
On the flip side, if Paqueta loses his place off the back of Moyes’ inability to fit him into a system that suits him at the London Stadium then West Ham could be even worse off in terms of reputational damage when it comes to trying to persuade top players to join the club.
That has already happened to Thilo Kehrer with Germany at this World Cup off the back of West Ham’s struggles.
Moyes may well be watching the Brazil game through his fingers this evening.