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Declan Rice injury leaves David Moyes with only one tenable option

Declan Rice suffered a knee injury whilst on international duty with England and West Ham United boss David Moyes now has only one option.

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The Scot absolutely must switch to five at the back and play Pablo Fornals in the middle alongside Tomas Soucek.

Dec has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks according to ExWHUemployee.

Rice, 22, has been our best and most consistent player this season.


Having the England international unavailable for the next four-six weeks really will be a massive blow to David Moyes, the West Ham players and fans.

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It is what it is though.

Declan Rice injury leaves David Moyes with one very simple option

Moyes needs to shuffle his pack now and prove that he is a manager who is capable of adapting to the very toughest of challenges.

Replacing Rice with Mark Noble quite simply should not be an option.

The 33-year-old is a West Ham legend but there is no place for sentiment in the Premier League. Noble quite clearly doesn’t have what it takes at the very highest level anymore.

Pablo Fornals needs to play centrally alongside Tomas Soucek. The problem with having the Spaniard in the middle of the park, however, is that Aaron Cresswell would then be exposed at left-back.

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In order to stop that from happening, the second change that Moyes needs to make is switching to a back five.

Arthur Masuaku can return to his left wing-back role or if he isn’t fully fit, Ben Johnson can operate there.

Moyes can then use Michail Antonio, Jesse Lingard and either Said Benrahma or Jarrod Bowen as a front three.

That really is our only option if we are to maintain our push for the top four without Rice.

Surely Moyes knows this. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t opt to play Mark Noble for the duration of Rice’s absence.

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