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Some West Ham fans want forgotten man David Martin to start vs Dinamo Zagreb but is it a sentimental step too far?
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Some West Ham fans want forgotten man David Martin to start vs Dinamo Zagreb but is it a sentimental step too far?

Some West Ham fans want forgotten man David Martin to start vs Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League but is it a sentimental step too far?

The injuries are starting to pile up for West Ham boss David Moyes.

And probably at the worst possible time with the hectic festive fixture schedule upon us.

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There is the rare chance for some respite this week, though. The Hammers sailed through their Europa League group with a game to spare.

West Ham effectively earned themselves a four-month break from European games by finishing top of Group H.

It means Moyes has the luxury of a dead rubber against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb before the last 16 knockouts get underway in March.

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And given the injury situation at West Ham, Moyes is expected to name a very young side when Zagreb come to the London Stadium on Thursday night.

West Ham’s Under 23s side beat Crystal Palace on Monday and their squad dropped a huge hint that at least five young stars could start against Zagreb.

Some West Ham fans are adamant Moyes should not risk any injuries to key first team players in the dead rubber.

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Some West Ham fans want forgotten man David Martin to start vs Dinamo Zagreb but is it a sentimental step too far?

Zagreb are a decent European outfit, though, so playing too many young stars could prove detrimental to their development and confidence.

Some Hammers supporters have even been calling for forgotten man David Martin, who has not played since the 2019/20 season, to start.

Martin is much loved at West Ham. The son of Hammers legend Alvin Martin, David made himself something of a cult hero with his underdog man of the match performance in a famous win away at Chelsea.

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A massive West Ham fan, Martin is said to be a key member of the squad behind the scenes in terms of team spirit and morale.

Indeed he can be seen greeting every player like an excited fan as they leave the field each week and supporters love it.

West Ham fans believe it would be a lovely touch for Martin to play for his beloved Hammers in Europe while also protecting Alphonse Areola from any potential injury.

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But is it a sentimental step too far?

It would be great to see Martin get a European appearance for West Ham.

But given his lack of game time over recent seasons and the fact he would have a very young side in front of him, it might be something of a risk in terms of tainting his Hammers legacy.

There is also the fact that Areola will undoubtedly be itching to play. He is having to bide his time in a bid to be West Ham’s number one with many questioning Lukasz Fabianski’s reactions for some goals this season.

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So is starting Martin a great idea or sentimentality gone too far?

Moyes did make a point after the win in Rapid Wien which sealed West Ham’s place in the last 16 of saying he wanted to finish the group off in style.

But that was before the recent injuries put a bit of a spanner in the works in terms of squad rotation.

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