Frank McAvennie has tipped David Moyes to start Mark Noble, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini tonight as West Ham take on Hull City in the EFL Cup.
The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Anderson, 27, was “different class” against Charlton Athletic last week.
Anderson and Lanzini were both named on the bench for the weekend’s loss against Arsenal while Noble missed out altogether with a toe injury.
The club captain has not featured since the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the opening day of the season.
Hull City arrive to the London Stadium tonight in form having won their opening two league games of the season and knocked Leeds United out of the EFL Cup on penalties last week.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected many changes for tonight’s fourth round tie, McAvennie said:
“I think the captain will be back in, hopefully he is up to scratch. I think David Moyes will start Anderson and Lanzini tonight as well Noble.
“They played last week and they showed their flair. They were playing with freedom and they looked really good. I have been critical of them both but they looked good. Both are great on the ball when they are going forward and it is good to see that. There was no pressure on them because it was a cup tie but nonetheless they did well.
“Anderson looked like the player West Ham bought. He was different class. It makes an awful difference when players are enjoying themselves.”
Speaking on his captain’s injury, Moyes said: “Mark Noble has a bit of a toe injury, we just didn’t risk him in training because he has had an injection in it.
“We will see how he is (for the games this week).”