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West Ham United: Ben Dinnery makes David Moyes claim

West Ham United: Ben Dinnery makes David Moyes claim -West Ham News

West Ham United manager David Moyes has been an ‘absolute nightmare’ when it has come to disclosing information about his players’ injuries and fitness this season, claims injury expert Ben Dinnery.

The Lowdown: Recent injuries

Ahead of the Hammers’ return-leg clash against Sevilla in round 16 of the Europa League, striker Michail Antonio and full-back Aaron Cresswell were both doubts for the game after struggling with light injuries.

When questioned over their availability, Moyes responded (as quoted by “I don’t really know yet but if I did I would not tell you because I am not going to let Sevilla know any idea whether they’re going to be fit or not.”

Even when one reporter tried to catch him out and asked about the new reliance he had on Andriy Yarmolenko, Moyes countered: “That would be unfair to say that as I would not answer that as it would suggest Mich is not going to be fit. At the moment I do not really know and that is the true answer.”

In the end, both players played the full 120 minutes in their 2-0 win over the Spanish side.

The Latest: Dinnery’s claim

Injury expert Dinnery has weighed in on the situation, explaining Moyes’ motivation to do so.

Speaking with Football Insider, he claimed: “David Moyes has been an absolute nightmare this season.

“Most occasions this season, all he has said is that they have had problems but that he isn’t going to give any more information.

“They have had Covid in the past, like every other team. But the manager has chosen not to say who it has affected.

“He is within his rights to do that, of course. We are seeing more and more managers adopt this stance and not being forthcoming with information.”

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The Verdict: Clever tactic

This tactic employed by Moyes has clearly been effective, demonstrated by the way in which the Irons took Sevilla by surprise and came back from a one goal deficit to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

This tactic may even be the case with Jarrod Bowen’s injury – just the other way around. Despite the club announcing that he had not suffered any serious damage, igniting return rumours, it has recently emerged that this is not the case, and that Bowen could be out for a long time. Perhaps Moyes is withholding information on any serious damage to keep the feel-good factor in the London Stadium going.

The Hammers have sustained numerous injuries this season, particularly in areas where they were already short. For example, in the central defender position, Angelo Ogbonna’s season-ending injury back in November led to an injury crisis at the back when Kurt Zouma was sidelined, meaning Craig Dawson and Issa Diop had to step up in their place.

With an important string of games coming up, Moyes will be hoping he doesn’t have to play injury politics too often between now and May.

In other news: West Ham United: David Moyes is a ‘long-term admirer’ of Joe Worrall

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