Insider delivers exciting early West Ham team news for Crystal Palace clash
West Ham are set to name new arrival Joao Mario among the starting XI against Crystal Palace in what will be his first start and his first home appearance for the club, according to an insider.
Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who has established themselves as a reputable source of insider information surrounding the Hammers, has stated that the 25-year-old, who arrived on a loan spell from Inter Milan earlier this month, is to appear from the start in Tuesday’s home tie against the Eagles.
Mario makes his first start today!! Let’s hope it’s a good one! We need a lift! ⚒⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 30, 2018
Fans will be excited to see what their new man can do in the Premier League, after being handed just 45 minutes of action by David Moyes in the shock defeat to Wigan Athletic last time out.
Mario made 15 appearances for Italian giants Inter this season before moving to the London Stadium, failing to score but chipping in with five assists, while he also has 31 appearances for Portugal under his belt.
The central midfielder could take the place of Pedro Obiang, who Football Insider have exclusively revealed is out for the rest of the season after picking up ligament damage in the 2-0 defeat to Wigan, or fellow midfielder Josh Cullen, with the duo starting against the Latics.
In other West Ham news, the club are set to offload a powerhouse to his former club after a bid was tabled for his signing.