Football can be a funny old game.
To be fair to Wilfried Bony, his journey has been a little more complex than that, but the long and the short of it is that the Ivorian has gone from plying his trade with Manchester City to making up the numbers with Newport County.
The Chilean signed the 30-year-old during his time at Manchester City in a move that could perhaps be best described as underwhelming.
Now, it should be clarified that Bony is not a Newport player, and cannot play against the Hammers, but as reported by the Guardian, he is definitely offering all the insight he can into what makes his former boss tick.
The Irons will fancy their chances of coasting past the minnows on Tuesday, but make no mistake, this is a side who knocked Leicester City and Middlesbrough out of the FA Cup last season, and who scored against Manchester City in the 5th Round.
No doubt they can cause problems then, and with that little bit of personal knowhow that Bony might be able to whisper into manager Michael Flynn’s ear, who’s to say that they won’t have a little extra edge.
Of course, West Ham will still be favourites, and going out of the Carabao Cup is hardly the end of the world, but Pellegrini will fancy his chances of a run in a cup competition this season, and will be desperate to make sure that his once marquee signing doesn’t come back to haunt him.