Moyes facing selection dilemma

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 13th August 2022

David Moyes has been left with something of a dilemma ahead of Sunday trip to Nottingham Forest.

The manager admitted that new signings Maxwel Cornet and Gainluca Scammaca are in a position to start the game - although that would require leaving other more established squad members on the bench, something of a quandary for Moyes and his backroom staff.

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"I think they are ready to start," he said, when asked the question during his pre-match presser. "I think it’s just a decision whether we are ready to play them yet. They are getting much closer, that is for sure."

And with regards to those players who were similarly unavailable last weekend, Moyes is expecting to be able to select from largely the same personnel. "It will probably be the same group of players," he confirmed.

"Daws [Craig Dawson] is doing well, so we will see how he is. Angelo Ogbonna is coming back, he’s coming on from his cruciate, so hopefully we will have more squad players fit.

"Lukasz [Fabianski] has got a knock, we don’t know how he’s going to be yet. Micky Antonio had a bit of a knock as well but he’s trained today, so we expect him to be okay."

Three players who definitely won't be featuring are Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku and Niko Vlasic, all of whom have left the club in the past few days. And while Moyes' decision to allow them to leave without suitable replacements being signed first, he defended his decision-making process.

"It was important that Arthur [Masuaku] left," insisted Moyes. "He has been great for us, I just felt that Arthur needed more playing time. He didn’t get as much game time last year, so it was an opportunity for him to play.

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"With Niko Vlasic, we just felt we couldn’t guarantee a position for him so it’s a chance to play, a loan for him. Issa felt that he was going to be not involved as much so the decision was taken and he was sold."

With regard to potential replacements, Moyes reiterated his comments form earlier this week when he insisted he would rather sign nobody than simply buy anyone to fill the squad positions.

"It is important that you get good players in, you don’t want to fill places for the sake of doing so," he confirmed. "We’re going to try and add people who we think can make the team better, can bring some value to what is here already.

"We will try and do that but there is never any guarantee with that. We are trying really hard, we’ve made lots of offers but quite often you don’t get them to go through.

"We bid for Matheus Nunes but the boy chose not to come. If it is [West Ham who've bid for Memphis Depay] I don’t know about it, that is for sure."

And as for the approach to PSG for defender Thilo Kehrer, he added: "We’re not any further forward with it at the moment, but we are progressing."

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