BBC Radio’s Noel Whelan has claimed that David Moyes will not make any significant changes to his West Ham side for the FA Cup clash against Southampton.
The Lowdown: West Ham’s FA Cup run
The Hammers are set to travel to St Mary’s Stadium for their fifth-round FA Cup tie against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints side tomorrow night.
In the last round, Moyes’ men drew non-league side Kidderminster Harriers. Surprisingly, West Ham trailed for 70 minutes of the game due to an early goal from the home side. Substitute Declan Rice saved the day, netting a last-ditch equaliser in the 91st minute, before Jarrod Bowen sealed the victory in the last minute of extra-time.
The Latest: Whelan makes Hammers claim
Whelan, who regularly features on BBC Radio Leeds, made the claim that West Ham have a real opportunity of securing silverware this season, calling Wednesday’s clash ‘massive’.
Speaking with Football Insider about the FA Cup, he proclaimed:
“He’s not done it yet domestically [rotate the squad], and the one thing about David Moyes is that he’s honest. He might change a couple. I’m very sure he’ll put out a very strong side capable of advancing in this competition.
“When was the last time West Ham brought back some silverware? This could be a massive opportunity for them, and Moyes won’t want to waste any game.
“He’s always shown great integrity in the game and put out the strongest side he could. I don’t think this game will be any different.
“He won’t want any slip-ups, and let’s not forget – winning breeds winning.”
The Verdict: FA Cup victory on the cards?
West Ham have experienced a fantastic season to-date, given the fact they remain in the Europa League and sit just outside the top-four in the English top-flight.
However, the Hammers’ hopes of Champions League qualification may be falling through their fingers. Sixth-place Arsenal are now level on points with the Irons. Worryingly, they have three games in hand.
Therefore, if Moyes wants to consider this season a complete success, West Ham’s best chance of doing so could be in the FA Cup.
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