As per West Ham United’s official website, David Moyes could be without Nikola Vlasic in addition to Andriy Yarmolenko for today’s clash with Liverpool.
The Lowdown: Vlasic signs for Hammers…
Moyes secured the signing of the 24-year-old from Spartak Moscow on deadline day in a last minute summer move for £25m, coming after they failed to bring in Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal.
However, the 2020 Russian Premier League Player of the Year has seen his English top-flight game-time at the London Stadium limited so far, with the majority of his minutes coming in cup competitions (WhoScored).
He was also unable to feature against Genk on Thursday due to injury and Moyes could still be without him today as West Ham share an official preview of today’s clash with the Reds.
The Latest: Moyes could be without Vlasic…
After missing West Ham’s trip to Belgium in the Europa League group stage, the 24-year-old’s availability for this afternoon is up in the air according to the club’s official website.
It ‘remains to be seen’ if either Vlasic or Yarmolenko are fit enough to take on Jurgen Klopp’s side at the London Stadium, but Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Łukasz Fabiański are ‘set to return’.
The Verdict: Blow for Moyes?
Potentially not being able to call on Vlasic could come as a slight dampener for Moyes given his threat when playing at the very best of his ability.
The Croatia international is a quality option to call upon from the bench, as evident by his very impressive numbers for Spartak over 2020/21 and for West Ham in the Europa League so far this season.
As per WhoScored, the attacker bagged 11 goals and five assists in 26 starts Russian top-flight starts in 2020/21 whilst having four attempts on goal per 90 on average – far more than any Irons player managed in the Premier League last season.
Over West Ham’s campaign in Europe so far, Vlasic has racked up the joint-third most shots per match out of their squad (two) whilst also attracting the most fouls (1.7 per game), proving to be a nightmare to play against at times (WhoScored).
Lauded as a ‘top-class‘ player by pundit Noel Whelan, it’s clear that the forward is a capable threat, and Moyes may well be hoping that he could indeed make his way into late contention today.
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