A promising update has emerged, indicating that Nayef Aguerd should start for West Ham United in tonight’s Carabao Cup fixture.
The Lowdown: Aguerd recovering
Aguerd’s game time at the London Stadium has been severely limited due to an ankle injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against Rangers, which later required surgery.
However, David Moyes has started to integrate the Moroccan into the squad in recent weeks, and he has now made two Europa Conference League appearances, indicating that his manager is aiming to get him up to speed in cup competitions before handing him his first Premier League start.
The Latest: Set to start
As per a report from the Evening Standard, the colossus is set to be named in the starting lineup for tonight’s Carabao Cup game at home to Blackburn Rovers, predicted to start next to Angelo Ogbonna in the centre of the West Ham defence.
The 6 foot 2 powerhouse had lined up alongside a much younger crop of players in his last outing, against FCSB, with the likes of Oliver Scarles and Divan Mubama starting the match, but according to the same source, a more experienced group of players should be chosen tonight.
The Verdict: Great news for Moyes
It is fantastic for Moyes that his £30m summer signing has seemingly come through unscathed from his previous outings, as if he is able to play tonight, then it bodes well for a potential start against Leicester City this weekend.
Recenly lauded as a “Rolls-Royce” by journalist Jim Munro, Aguerd’s availability also comes at a time when the manager’s job is reportedly under pressure, given the 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at the weekend, a result that leaves them 15th in the Premier League table.
As such, the 59-year-old will be expecting a stellar performance from the 25-time Morocco international tonight, as he looks to secure progression in the Carabao Cup, and buy himself more time with the Irons’ faithful.