The West Ham fans are now content in the Transfer Tavern, having seen their relegation fears put aside after victory against Watford last weekend.
Known more these days for the social media posts, Patrice Evra will be hoping to impress David Moyes once again, like he did at Manchester United, in order to gain a starting spot for the weekend match-up against Liverpool.
His football career was up in the air just three months ago but West Ham decided to give the 36-year-old another shot in English football. Still as fit as he used to be from his days winning the Premier League with Manchester United, Evra, rated at £900k according to Transfermarkt, probably would have shown a thing or two about fitness to his younger colleagues in claret and blue.
Nobody can argue with the success Evra has endured during his career and his bubbly personality is certainly infectious. With many young players in the Hammers squad looking to learn the craft, they would struggle to find a better professional role-model to mould themselves around and learn from his experiences.
Yes, it certainly would be throwing him in the deep-end but Evra has a winning mentality and with the Frenchman poised to return to Anfield, this may bring out the very best of his ability. If he played, it would likely mean that Michail Antonio would drop to the bench in his place seeing as Evra is a natural left-back. This would also allow West Ham to continue their success with the five at the back defence. This has seen players such as Aaron Cresswell and Angelo Ogbonna prosper under the guidance of the West Ham coaches in their new-found roles in the team.
With disgraced defender Arthur Masuaku still undergoing his suspension for spitting on Wigan’s Nick Powell when West Ham lost 2-0 to the League One leaders, Patrice Evra could provide the extra defensive presence needed to contain Liverpool’s troubling forward line of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah.
After all, this is a game that West Ham will see as an unlikely one to gain more precious points to boost their survival chances and so why not experiment with different players, what could go wrong?
Nothing would please the West Ham fans standing by the bar more than to see another comical social media upload from Patrice Evra after a man of the match performance in a famous away win for the Hammers, saying his infamous line: “I love this game!”
Maybe those fans have had a bit too much to drink but Patrice Evra will still be determined to prove his worth in the toughest league in the world.
Would you play him?