West Ham United will be looking to pick up their second win in as many matches in the Europa Conference League when they travel to Silkeborg for tonight’s game.
With this competition’s timing, David Moyes has been handed the perfect opportunity to give his star signing Lucas Paqueta his second start for the club.
Despite their win over FCSB last week, they remain in 18th in the Premier League, having won just one of their first six games.
If the Scotsman can further bed in his “talented” 25-year-old gem in this game, it could bear fruit in the games that truly matter for the Hammers.
It is clear that creativity is lacking at the London Stadium, as they have only scored three goals in these opening Premier League fixtures.
Introducing Paqueta, a workmanlike midfielder with the flair necessary to transform this side would be a stroke of genius.
The Brazilian could be the link between defence and attack, as he sits in the top 7% for progressive passes received per 90, but the fact that he ranked in the top 5% for pressures also suggests that he could win the ball up high to force chance creation in a different way.
Last season for Lyon he scored nine goals and assisted a further six in Ligue 1, meaning that his 14 goal contributions saw him only bested by an unplayable Jarrod Bowen throughout the West Ham squad.
“We’ve been needing something which can sort of go between Declan [Rice] and Micky [Antonio] and someone who can give us a sort of number 10 role. Somebody who can play and create opportunities for us.
“Look, he didn’t disappoint today in his short cameo so I’m looking forward to getting him training, getting him used to us and hopefully he’ll make a big difference…”.
Tonight’s game is the ideal time for him to further his development and familiarity at the club, and if he can quickly get comfortable around his new teammates he could be the spark that could kick West Ham into action and propel them back up the league table.