David Moyes, manager of West Ham United, looks on during the Premier League match against Manchester City.
David Moyes made three changes to his West Ham United team to face Manchester City after losing 4-0 to Everton in their previous outing.
One was enforced with loanee Joe Hart ineligible to play against his parent club and replaced with Adrian, while Marko Arnautovic and Andre Ayew dropped out for Declan Rice and Michail Antonio.
Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi (C) vies with West Ham United's Michail Antonio during the English Premier League football match.
When Moyes was Sunderland manager in his previous job before the Hammers, the Scot made it clear he wanted to have a British spine in his team, telling the Sunderland Echo before the January transfer window:
"I have said for a while that I would like to add a few more British players to the club."
While dropping Hart does not adhere to that, that was a decision out of Moyes' control. However, taking out Arnautovic and Ayew and replacing them with two Brits in Antonio and Rice was.
Declan Rice celebrates after Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United scored the side's first goal during the Premier League match against Manchester City.
Of course this could be argued that it was to take a more defensive approach at the Etihad Stadium against a City team who have won all but one of their 15 Premier League matches this season.
However, Moyes has publicly admitted that he favours British players, with the belief being that they understand more clearly what it takes to succeed in the top flight of English football.
That could be good news for the likes of Antonio, Rice and even Andy Carroll and Mark Noble, but less pleasing for the expensive foreign talent on the books at West Ham.