Moyes hoping for fresh faces

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 14th May 2021

David Moyes has revealed he is expecting "some" players back for tomorrow's trip to Brighton.

West Ham travel to the south coast knowing that only a win would be enough to keep the club's slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive. And the boss confirmed he had received a boost with the news that he should be able to select from a wider pool of players on Saturday.


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"Some of them are doing well, some of them are not doing so well," said Moyes when asked if he could expect any players to return from injury during his Friday press conference.

"I am hoping that we get some of them back for the game but I can't be quite sure. Hopefully, by the end of today, we will know more.

"[Declan Rice's chances] are the same as Cresswell, Ogbonna, and all the other ones as well. I would not rate them any differently as I would not give anything away regarding people's injuries."

One player who should be involved at the Amex is midfielder Jesse Lingard, who won the Premier League Goal of the Month and Player of the Month awards for April.

And while Moyes was full of praise for Lingard's achievements he was less enthusiastic when asked about West Ham's chances of signing the England star on a permanent basis this summer.


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"His performances have been really good," said the manager. "He has excelled and probably done better than we hoped when we first brought him in - but you must not forget Jesse joined a team a good team and a team that was playing well and near the top of the league.

"Jesse has added to that and given us another dimension but we were playing well, the players were doing well and we just needed to add something else. We could not get a centre forward in January and we brought Jesse to give us another option because he can play two or three positions.

"We have enjoyed having him and I am sure he has enjoyed being here as well. He is getting a lot of accolades and is back in the England squad, I hope he goes onto make the Euros and, in time, we will find out if Jesse is going to be a Manchester United player or if he will play for somebody else.

"[As for next season], I'm not actually sure how realistic it is. I think Jesse has enjoyed himself - at least I hope he has - and we have enjoyed having him. But he is Manchester United's player, so they can decide what to do with him. If they want to let him go then let's hope he would consider us as one of his options."

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