David Moyes has delivered a huge Lucas Paqueta update ahead of the Crystal Palace clash and it’s great news for the Hammers.
Just as West Ham’s record signing Paqueta was starting to find his feet in the team and catch the eye in the Premier League he was struck down with an unusual injury in that 1-1 draw at Southampton.
West Ham have beaten inferior opposition Silkeborg and Bournemouth – just about – without him.
But they have also narrowly lost to Liverpool and Man United with Paqueta missing from the side.
The common theme in those two games was a distinct lack of quality in the final pass, finish or touch that gets goals and decides games.
That in itself tells you everything about how West Ham fans – and indeed Moyes – sees Paqueta; the missing piece.
There were signs his link with Gianluca Scamacca threatens to be potent and exciting.
So it is a real shame that just as West Ham were trying to build some momentum to get themselves in a good position before the World Cup break, Paqueta suffered that collarbone ligament injury.
The Hammers boss and fans believe the Brazil star will be the man to help knit West Ham’s industry and organisation to an end product.
Last weekend Moyes suggested his record signing could be back this week.
And as reported by Hammers News earlier this week, there were positive signs as Paqueta was pictured in full training with his Hammers teammates.
Now David Moyes has delivered a huge Lucas Paqueta update ahead of the Crystal Palace clash and it’s great news for the Hammers.
The Scot says Paqueta will be back in the squad but admits he faces a decision on whether to start the Brazil star against Patrick Vieira’s side.
“Lucas Paqueta has been training so he’s probably ready to be included in the squad,” Moyes said in his pre-match presser ahead of the Crystal Palace clash.
“Whether he’s ready to play we don’t know, but he should be available.
“We’re starting to get players back.”
That is great news for West Ham, but not so much for the Eagles.
London rivals Crystal Palace will be no pushovers for West Ham, though.
The Eagles have lost just once in their last five Premier League matches and beat Southampton 1-0 last time out to replace West Ham in 10th place.
West Ham will go back above the visitors with victory at the London Stadium.