West Ham face Brighton at the London Stadium tonight and the game could represent one of our fringe players with the chance to make a big statement.
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The Hammers have a terrible record against Brighton – we haven’t beaten the Seagulls since 2012.
West Ham have lost three and drawn five of our last eight Premier League games against the south coast outfit.
We need that record to change tonight…badly.
After back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time since April, three points tonight is an absolute must, if we are to maintain our position inside the top four.
Perhaps David Moyes will be looking to freshen up his stating XI tonight.
West Ham vs Brighton could be a huge opportunity for £33m Hammer to shine
West Ham signed Nikola Vlasic on transfer deadline day in the summer for a fee that could reach £33 million (ExWHUemployee).
Well-renowned football scouting website Breaking The Lines recently described the Croatian as a ‘technical and skilful ‘play-maker who can ‘terrorise opponents’.
Unfortunately for the Hammers fans though, we haven’t yet seen the best of the 24-year-old.
We all know what he’s capable of from his time with CSKA Moscow. Now he has to prove that he is good enough to make a difference for West Ham in the Premier League, however.
He looked pretty good during our Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna last Thursday, chalking up his first assist for the club.
Tonight may well be the perfect opportunity for him to make a big statement, if Moyes gives him a chance of course.
Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen have been average at best since the return of Premier League action two-and-a-half weeks ago.
Moyes would be wise to take one of those three players out of the firing line and bring Vlasic into his starting lineup for our clash with Brighton.
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Whether Moyes agrees with that notion remains to be seen. But Vlasic has got to be given a proper run out in the Premier League sooner rather than later, whatever happens.
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