David Moyes has told Friday’s press conference – as per BBC Sport – that West Ham United could make changes to play against Leeds United on Sunday at the London Stadium, admitting that the Hammers have a couple of injuries.
The Hammers secured a place in the Europa Conference League final on Thursday night, with a 1-0 win against AZ Alkmaar away from home. Boasting a 2-1 first-leg advantage, Pablo Fornals scored a late winner as fans rejoiced.
Less than 72 hours later, and the Hammers take on Leeds at home. A game that means little to the Hammers, but everything to Leeds. Sam Allardyce’s best chance of a win in the four games he has taken over as Leeds boss.
The Whites come into the match without the likes of Luis Sinisterra, Tyler Adams, Marc Roca and Stuart Dallas. But Moyes admits there are a few injuries of his own, a couple from Thursday – adding to Gianluca Scamacca’s injury.
Star striker Michail Antonio was seen limping heavily as he trudged off the field of play on 84 minutes, after missing the 2-0 loss to Brentford last weekend. Moyes responded when asked if he could make any changes to his side.
“As a manager, you can field any side that you feel is right. We had to make a few decisions against Brentford last week. Quite often when they don’t go right you get mentioned. We’ve got some decisions to make this week as well.
“Managers will be criticised no matter what you do so you have to do what you think is right. We’ve got a couple of injuries from the game so we will have to assess them. Some of them just little. We’ll have a look, see how they are.”
Moyes: West Ham could make changes to play against Leeds on Sunday
There is a slight difference between last week, and this weekend. Moyes made nine changes to his side after the first leg, given the second leg was only a few days later. West Ham do not have to rest players at this stage.
Their next game is the final League game of the season a week after Sunday’s clash, before the Conference final on June 7. Plenty of time to recover, then. Either he plays tired players, or, he gives minutes to bit-part players.