David Moyes failed to ensure a winning start as West Ham United boss on Sunday after the 2-0 defeat at Watford but Friday's visit of Leicester City offers the Scot a chance to put things right.
By all accounts it was a terrible first performance under Moyes from the Irons, whose big players simply failed to turn up at Vicarage Road at the weekend, and fans will be demanding more this week.
Positives were few and far between but Arthur Masuaku's 15-minute cameo offered further evidence that the £6.2 million signing in 2016 deserves more chances to impress.
Under Slaven Bilic, the 24-year-old was given very few opportunities, despite impressing in cameo roles off the bench, and his contribution against the Hornets, coupled with Aaron Cresswell's struggles, has prompted fans to once again call for his inclusion from the start against Leicester.
Maybe. But atleast Masuaku might actually start— ⚒️ Jay ⚒️ (@jlross1989) November 20, 2017
Surely not . Masuaku played better in 5 mins than cresswell did most the game— Cameron (@WHUFLUX) November 20, 2017
Masuaku is twice the player Cresswell is. https://t.co/l6dFvgNXRN— Luke. (@Iukeeeeee) November 20, 2017
I would have Masuaku on the wing. Our Best winger available is a defender— Luke Russell (@Luke_L_Russell) November 20, 2017
That formation is with wing backs? That’s why I’d have Masuaku as he gets forward better. Would choose cressy every time as our lb tho.— robert smith (@darobsta08) November 20, 2017
My team for Friday has to be:— Over Land And Sea (@WestHam_OLAS) November 20, 2017
Kouyate Reid Collins
Zabaleta obiang lanzini Masuaku
Antonio ayew arnautovic
Adrian, Zaba, Rice, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku,— Adam Bartram (@Adsjo) November 20, 2017
Antonio, Ayew, Lanzini,
Martinez & hernandez/Carroll last 15mins
Creswell has been awful all season— ⚒J@M£$ B@IL£¥⚒ (@jgcbailey) November 20, 2017
Masuaku deserves a start against Leicester.— Weѕt Hαm Sociαl (@WestHamSocial) November 20, 2017
Masuaku looked good going forward again yesterday when he came on. Great footwork in small spaces. Still remains one of our best attacking threats in my opinion.— Mills ⚒ (@gtmills) November 20, 2017
Cresswell Gotta be dropped he's been shocking— Matt Dodd (@MattWHUFCDodd) November 19, 2017
Masuaku, in truth, does deserve chances, whether it's at left-back or on the left-hand side of attack.
He has the pace, guile and final ball in the final third to cause real problems for the opposition. Will Moyes utilise those talents this week? Time will tell.