The Lowdown: Race for Europa League…
The Irons have already gained a pathway to European football for next season, with at least a place in the Europa Conference League play-off round already guaranteed. However, depending on results elsewhere, Moyes’ side could sneak back into the Europa League for 2022/23 after their unprecedented run to the semi-finals this season.
If West Ham can beat Brighton at the Amex Stadium and Manchester United fail to gain all three points against Crystal Palace, the east Londoners would secure Europa League qualification for the second season running.
As the final match of the season looms for Moyes, there is still plenty of play for, but it looks like he will be without one man for West Ham’s clash with the Seagulls.
The Latest: Diop setback…
Giving an injury update, whilst attacker Said Benrahma looks set to return, the Hammers boss couldn’t say the same for defender Issa Diop he looks unlikely to recover in time.
Moyes explained (via whufc.com): “Saïd Benrahma should be fit for the game. Issa Diop, we still don’t think his ankle is quite right yet, but we expect Benrahma will be fit and available.”
The Verdict: Big miss?
According to WhoScored, the Frenchman ranks in West Ham’s top three for clearances (3.2) and successful blocks (one) per game, coming in just behind first-choice centre-back pair Craig Dawson and Kurt Zouma in those regards.
Diop comes with certain strengths, with pundit and former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believing that the 25-year-old is a ‘quality player‘, and it could be a slight setback for Moyes not to have him as an option for Brighton.
Qualification for the Europa League is still within reach depending on developments at Selhurst Park today, but West Ham will first need to get their own job done against Graham Potter’s side.
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