It was a promising night for the Hammers, as David Moyes was able to rotate his side and introduce some youngsters, as well as more experienced players who were coming back to fitness.
The Morocco international injured his ankle in pre-season but looked well assured on his debut, albeit against inferior opposition, completing 94% of his passes and enjoying 98 touches of the ball under the London Stadium lights.
Last season saw the Irons endure a defensive crisis which left Craig Dawson as the only fit centre-back at the club but somewhat ironically, the Englishman is now the only one sidelined through injury, which gives Moyes some big decisions to make about his preferred partnership in the heart of the Irons defence.
Thilo Kehrer has been solid since his summer switch from Paris Saint-Germain, while Kurt Zouma has picked up where he left off last season, with WhoScored ranking him as the fifth-best performer in Moyes’ side so far this season.
After that £30m investment in the summer, you would expect Aguerd to soon establish himself as a starter now that he is back fit and while Ogbonna is 34, Moyes spoke recently about his importance to the side, saying:
“At the time when we lost Angelo [to injury] last season, we were in the top two or three in the league. Angelo was in great form playing alongside Kurt and probably if we’re honest, we were maybe in our best form in that period.”
With Dawson also still to come back, after he emphasised just how reliable he can be with some recent performances, Moyes will soon find himself in a situation where he has five or six quality centre-backs to choose from, with Ben Johnson also more than capable of filling in there.
It will be interesting to see who he selects at Old Trafford this weekend after Aguerd and Ogbonna both showed their qualities on Thursday night.