West Ham youngster Moses Makasi is eager to get first-team game time under Manuel Pellegrini, The London Evening Standard reports.
The 23-year-old is now fit again after recovering from an injury. And he is hoping to catch Pellegrini’s eye.
West Ham have handed debuts to Grady Diangana, Joe Powell and Conor Coventry this season. And Makasi wants to be the next to make the step up.
Makasi is a central midfielder known for his tackling and leadership in the middle of the park.
The young midfield man has often captained West Ham’s youth side. And he got a taste of first-team action last season when he joined Plymouth Argyle on loan.
Makasi had a successful stint with the Pilgrims but his time there was cut short by injury.
Now he has made his full recovery, Makasi is desperate to impress Pellegrini with his under-23 displays and earn first-team recognition.
Central midfield woes
West Ham’s preferred formation is a 4-3-3 but they did not have enough central midfielders against Tottenham Hotspur.
With Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Pedro Obiang all missing, West Ham were left with just two central midfielders.
Declan Rice and Mark Noble have been regulars in that position but Makasi could solve this crisis if he proves his worth to Pellegrini.
Makasi is still concentrating on playing football as he continues to recover from injury.
But he is ready to test himself in the first-team after that and will seek a loan move if Pellegrini does not select him.
Makasi told The London Evening Standard: “My aim at first is just getting more minutes in but then after that to see where I can go for the first team.
“If that doesn’t work out then hopefully I’ll go on a loan move, I did well with Plymouth last season so I’ll be looking to push on from last season.
“First I’d like to see what happens here, at my own club. Training has been very good.
“Working with the manager and seeing experienced players in front of us and if they need any players to come across and train you’re there and can see other players.”