If David Moyes starts 27-year-old West Ham United man vs Tottenham it will prove his words are meaningless and hollow.
The Hammers head to North London tomorrow to take on Tottenham in the 16:30 Premier League kick-off.
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West Ham are in desperate need of all three points. Unfortunately for us though, we will be missing some key players, including Lucas Paqueta.
The Brazilian has just been finding some form recently, so losing him to injury is a massive blow.
What Moyes does next will be crucial and he will either back up his words with actions or prove to us all that he actually had no intention to change our playing style in the first place.
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With Paqueta missing, Moyes will most probably start Tomas Soucek in the 25-year-old’s place. If that happens though, it will prove that his words are meaningless and hollow.
The Scot insisted earlier this season that he wants his Hammers team to evolve into more of a possession based team from a counter attacking one (WHUFC.com).
He moved Paqueta into a deeper role in order to gain more control in the middle of the park, but if he replaces the South American with Soucek, it will prove that he has no faith in implementing a new kind of playing style.
The Scot could start Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini or Flynn Downes instead of Paqueta, if he truly wants to stick to a footballing philosophy whereby we keep more possession of the football.
Now, he might just start one of those three players alongside Declan Rice, and if he does, I will tip my hat to him.
I just have a feeling that he will go back to what he knows and trusts, and that means Soucek will most likely be on the team-sheet tomorrow.
If that is the case, Moyes’s game-plan will clearly be to nick a goal via a set-piece and keep it tight at the back – a far cry from the free-flowing and attacking style that he has suggested he wants to implement at the London Stadium.
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