West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Everton yesterday.
The Hammers really needed to win the game, however, with a torrid fixture list lying ahead of them.
David Moyes’s side should have done a lot more in the second-half to try and score a second goal. In truth, the Scot could have done more too.
There was one decision that Moyes made throughout the game that was quite simply baffling. In fact, it was unforgivable.
The former Everton boss brought Arthur Masuaku on in the 60th minute. That in itself was fine. But it was the player he took off that was the problem. Pablo Fornals.
The Spaniard has been West Ham’s best player over the past couple of months. And his work-rate is truly exceptional – something made all the more impressive when you consider that this is his first season in the Premier League.
Without Fornals, the Hammers lose that hard work-rate down the left hand side. And they also miss that little bit of creativity, guile and intelligence in the final third.
Bringing the 23-year-old off with a third of the match still to play made no sense whatsoever.
What made the decision even worse was the fact that Moyes left the hapless Manuel Lanzini out on the pitch until the 84th minute.
The Scot seems to have a strange aversion to the Spaniard. He left him out of last week’s trip to Sheffield United.
And at the same time, he clearly loves the badly out-of-form Lanzini.
And Moyes’s bias in that respect massively backfired against Everton yesterday. It could have cost West Ham a victory. And that is why taking Fornals off instead of Lanzini was an unforgivable decision from the 56-year-old.
The Hammers fans absolutely love the Spaniard. They especially love his work-rate. And Moyes’s use of the 23-year-old thus far proves that he simply doesn’t get it. The Scot is badly out of touch with reality. And this in itself proves that he is not the right man for the West Ham job.