West Ham United manager David Moyes has issued an injury return update on Arthur Masuaku.
The Scottish coach’s update came in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Irons’ next Premier League game versus relegation-battling Fulham on Saturday.
Masuaku has been out of action since December, when he had knee surgery. One could argue that his absence has been a fairly significant blow, as he was an important figure for West Ham at the beginning of the season, starting regularly and earning a positive overall WhoScored rating of 6.87 from his first 10 appearances of the 2020/21 campaign.
Club captain Mark Noble has also been full of praise for the Frenchman in the past, hailing him as ‘brilliant’, a comment backed up by performances this term, in which Masuaku has been superb at both ends of the pitch with 1.7 tackles and 2.2 dribbles per game.
Moyes’ update on the ‘transformed’ West Ham man
Given that he did impress early on in the season, it may then come as pleasant news for fans of the east London club that Moyes has revealed (via whufc.com) that Masuaku “started jogging yesterday” in his latest pre-match press conference, explaining that he hopes to have the 27-year-old available once again “a month or so” from now.
Transfer Tavern take
Aaron Cresswell has mainly been playing at left-back for West Ham in Masuaku’s absence and he has earned an overall WhoScored rating of 6.58 in that position this term, which is lower than Masuaku’s overall rating for this season.
Who is better?
So, you could argue that Masuaku’s return will come as a big boost for the Hammers and this update may be an exciting one for West Ham fans, as it will allow Cresswell to slot seamlessly back into the left centre-back role he had been occupying prior to Masuaku’s injury.
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