Frank McAvennie wants West Ham to drop Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Sebastien Haller and Robert Snodgrass for tonight’s EFL Cup tie against Everton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Irons legend claimed David Moyes should “put his first team out” tonight as the Toffees are a “different animal” to what has been faced in previous rounds.
Anderson, Lanzini, Haller and Snodgrass have started and impressed in the previous two EFL Cup victories against Charlton Athletic and Hull City but all are yet to start a fixture in the Premier League.
The Hammers travel to Goodison Park tonight in high spirits following a 4-0 thrashing of Wolves on Sunday.
Like Moyes, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has rung the changes in the EFL Cup so far this season and, according to the Liverpool Echo, he is expected to again tonight.
When asked by Football Insider if Moyes should stick with the players that have served him so well in the cup so far, McAvennie said: “David Moyes should put his first team out.
“I want to see them go for it tonight, I really do.
“Anderson, Lanzini, Haller and Snodgrass have all played well in the cup but Everton are a different animal. Going to Goodison is never easy and it will be a strange one for David, returning to his old club.
“There is no question about Anderson and Lanzini’s talent, it is just their temperament.”
Speaking ahead of the match, Aaron Cresswell told club media: “It’s a big game. In my time since I’ve been at West Ham, over the last six years, the nearest we’ve got to a final is the quarters, so it would be good to have a good cup run.
“We know how tough it’ll be against Everton and whether both managers will change it up or not, we don’t know.”