David Moyes claims there's one reason why Antonio Martinez isn't being picked for West Ham United

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham United striker Antonio Martinez has scored prolifically at development squad level this season.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

David Moyes has told Football.London that he hasn’t played West Ham United striker Toni Martinez, due to the competition for places up-front at the London Stadium.

Moyes took charge of his first match as West Ham boss last weekend, when the London side took on Watford at Vicarage Road.

There was a hope that Martinez would feature in that contest, but the Spanish forward was left on the substitutes’ bench.

And Moyes claims that West Ham simply have better options than Martinez available to them currently.

Toni Martinez of Oxford United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Middlesbrough and Oxford United at Riverside Stadium on...

"The big thing for Martinez is that he got competition in front of him so we have people who can do that role,” Moyes said.

West Ham fans called loudly for Slaven Bilic to give Martinez a chance during his time at the helm at the London Stadium, but the youngster was constantly overlooked.

Martinez has scored prolifically for West Ham’s development squad ever since arriving at the club, but he still hasn’t been given the opportunity to prove his worth in the Premier League.

Oliver Skipp of Tottenham and Antonio Martinez of West Ham during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on August 21,...

From Moyes’ comments it seems unlikely that Martinez will feature this evening, when West Ham take on Leicester City at the London Stadium.

If the Hammers can pick up the three points they will move out of the relegation zone.

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