Two West Ham players will go head to head during international duty tonight. Despite never playing together at West Ham, Josh Cullen and Albian Ajeti will battle each other on the international stage.
The Republic of Ireland will host Switzerland in a Euro 2020 qualifying match tonight. The game will take place at the Aviva Stadium with a 19:45 kick-off. But who will come out on top? We take a look…
Josh Cullen: Debut possible
West Ham loanee Cullen will be hoping to make his Republic of Ireland debut today. The 23-year-old midfielder is on loan at Charlton Athletic and he has played the full 90 minutes in every game since.
This has convinced Mick McCarthy to call him up to the Irish national team again. Cullen has spent time in the senior squad but has not earned his first cap. After starring for the U21 national side and Charlton, perhaps it could be time for Cullen’s international bow.
Hearts midfielder Glenn Whelan, Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane, Shamrock’s Jack Byrne, Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick and Preston’s Alan Browne are the other central midfield options. In a tough game, will McCarthy take the plunge and give Cullen a go?
Albian Ajeti: Point to prove
West Ham’s £8m summer signing Ajeti (BBC Sport) will come up against Cullen tonight. The 22-year-old has only played once for West Ham, featuring against Newport County in the cup.
With Javier Hernandez leaving to join Sevilla, Ajeti is now West Ham’s second-choice striker behind Sebastien Haller. Manuel Pellegrini will love it if he can hit some form for the Swiss tonight.
Ajeti will be hoping to add to his seven caps and one international goal. He will probably not be starting tonight but he might get a run-out from the bench.