David Moyes suggested that he is not afraid to use Mipo Odubeko this season and insisted that he has been very impressed by the West Ham youngster, as quoted by ExWHUemployee.
Is the Scot just giving the fans lip service though?
The 18-year-old joined the Hammers from Manchester United in October 2019.
Odubeko is still yet to announce himself at the London Stadium, however.
Surely he will get his chance now.
Michail Antonio is the only senior striker at West Ham. And David Moyes suggested that he will not be afraid to use Mipo as cover and competition for Michy. The Scot also said that he has been really impressed by the teenager during training (ExWHUemployee).
David Moyes’ comments on Mipo lack substance
The Scot has had plenty of chances to use the talented teen this season.
Mipo had injury problems earlier on in the campaign and he recently missed training for a week after receiving a false positive Covid test.
There have been ideal moments to use the 18-year-old, however. All of which Moyes has rebuffed.
West Ham won away at Stockport earlier this season in the FA Cup. When the scoreline was deadlocked with 20 minutes to go, Moyes chose to bring Aaron Cresswell on rather than the former Manchester United striker.
The Scot did bring him on late, but only gave him one minute.
The most glaring evidence of Moyes’s lack of trust in Mipo, however, came on Sunday when we lost 3-1 to Liverpool.
We were 2-0 down and chasing the game but Moyes chose to bring on Mark Noble and Ryan Fredericks, leaving the youngster on the bench for the entire game.
It’s easy for Moyes to say that he trusts the young starlet, but actions speak louder than words.
Mipo has been in sensational form for the Hammers’ youth teams, with 14 goals in 10 games to his name (Transfermarkt).
Now’s the time for him to step up. Whether he will be given an opportunity to shine, however remains to be seen.
And Moyes’s comments on Mipo will be tested to the limit. Either he rates him or he doesn’t. The next few months will be very telling.