David Moyes told Joe Cole his West Ham centre back pecking order in a live interview with BT Sport and quite frankly who are we to argue?
Angelo Ogbonna’s injury was always going to be a big issue for West Ham.
And anyone underestimating the impact it could have on the Hammers got a clear reminder in the 1-0 defeat at Wolves last weekend.
Besides being a brilliant, experienced defender and leader, Ogbonna was also West Ham’s only naturally left-footed centre-back – not including Aaron Cresswell who has played as the LCB in a three with aplomb.
West Ham often start attacks down the left-hand side with Ogbonna. And as West Ham fans saw last weekend, Kurt Zouma looked a different player at times having to receive the ball on his right foot at left centre-back. West Ham’s play was not as a fluid as a result.
These are problems that can be worked on and fixed of course. But they are problems nonetheless.
There has been a lot of debate among West Ham fans over who should deputise for Ogbonna and how the defence should be arranged in his absence.
David Moyes told Joe Cole his West Ham centre back pecking order and who are we to argue?
Some feel shifting Zouma to LCB to accommodate Craig Dawson is not the way forward for West Ham.
Others want to see Issa Diop given a chance alongside Zouma.
But speaking to Joe Cole in a live interview with BT Sport before West Ham’s win at Rapid Wien on Thursday night, Moyes named his centre back pecking order.
Speaking to Cole, as far as the Scot is concerned Zouma is the standout automatic first choice (BT Sport).
Dawson is then his first choice to play alongside Zouma in Ogbonna’s absence followed by Diop. Moyes pointed out how well Dawson did for the Hammers last season when discussing losing Ogbonna.
Cole, and namesake Carlton, picked up on Moyes’s comments when analysing how West Ham might cope without Ogbonna. And Carlton highlighted that Moyes had ‘just made it very clear there, he’s basically just named his pecking order and he says Dawson is first choice’.
That will likely stir some debate among West Ham fans over the merits of each player and which formation the Hammers boss should go with for certain games.
Debate is healthy. And football is a game of opinions.
But who are we to argue with Moyes after what he has done at West Ham.
If he feels Dawson and Zouma – with the £29m summer arrival at LCB – is the way to go then Moyes knows best.
But don’t be one bit surprised if Moyes is true to his word and implements a back five against Man City on Sunday with Arthur Masuaku at left wingback and Aaron Cresswell as left centre-back.
Zouma would then play in his natural RCB position while Dawson would be right in the centre and afforded extra protection on both sides.
Of course this debate could all be rendered futile in just over a month’s time when the January window opens should Moyes feel he needs to bring in another defender.