Arthur Masuaku could be back from injury for West Ham United’s game against Wolves at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon in what is great news for David Moyes.
That’s according to club insiders Claret and Hugh.
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The 28-year-old has allegedly been suffering from a long-standing knee issue. He needs fluids drained from the affected area on a regular basis, which is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed properly at some point.
Masuaku hasn’t played for West Ham since our 3-2 home defeat to Leeds in mid-January.
When the Democratic Republic of Congo international has played for the Hammers this season, he has been quite frankly terrible, aside from a half decent cameo against Chelsea in December.
One thing that he does offer David Moyes, however, is the ability to play a 3-5-2 system. West Ham looked really good last term when Moyes deployed that particular formation but without Masuaku, we haven’t really got anyone suited to the left wing-back role.
West Ham injury news ahead of Wolves clash
Claret and Hugh reckon that Arthur could be set to return to the squad for our clash with Wolves at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Whilst the 28-year-old hasn’t been great for the Hammers this season, he does give Moyes another option from the bench.
Also, and perhaps more importantly, Masuaku can play in the left wing-back role. We all know that he’s just not a very good defender, but playing on the left side of midfield in a 3-5-2 system somewhat negates the need for him to actually defend.
Moyes needs to make some big changes, as poor as our recent form has been.
Perhaps a switch back to the formation that served us so well at times last season is needed.
And having Masuaku back and available for selection will enable Moyes to do just that if he so wishes.
West Ham desperately need to beat Wolves on Sunday afternoon. Our top six hopes are dependent upon maximum points against Bruno Lage’s side.
Wolves have been very good this season though, so our task of beating them will be far from straightforward. Whether Moyes will opt to use Masuaku on Sunday remains to be seen. If he does, it will be a real curveball and may be something that Lage and co haven’t prepared for.