The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas has named three West Ham United players who could start against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
The Lowdown: Busy schedule
The Hammers begin their Europa League journey on Thursday evening when they face Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb at the Maksimir Stadium.
With a minimum of six fixtures added to their usual schedule this season due to their involvement in Europe, Moyes strengthened his squad with the signings of Kurt Zouma and Nikola Vlasic at the end of the summer transfer window.
The Latest: Chance to shine
According to Thomas in a Q&A for The Athletic, Moyes ‘will be keen to rotate’ his side in Zagreb ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
Responding to a supporter’s question about how the club’s new signings would slot on, the journalist replied: “Good chance Areola, Zouma and Vlasic will start against Dinamo Zagreb next week. Moyes will be keen to rotate his side ahead of the game against Manchester United. Great that there’s loads of competition in the squad.”
The Verdict: Right choice?
Rotating throughout European and domestic competitions will pose a new challenge for Moyes at the London Stadium this season, so it’s little surprise that the manager is seemingly planning to switch it up for the trip to Croatia.
Areola made his debut for West Ham on Saturday against Southampton, a game in which Zouma was an unused substitute. The latter could forge a good partnership with either Craig Dawson or Angelo Ogbonna if he is given ample opportunity to do so.
However, in terms of Vlasic, with Michail Antonio ruled out of Sunday’s game against Manchester United due to suspension after being sent off at St Mary’s, the Croatian could do with being kept in reserve ahead of the tough challenge against Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane at the weekend.
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