On the other hand, Wednesday night’s opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, find themselves in much better form, having lost just one of their six outings under the management of Antonio Conte.
As such, should the Hammers have any chance of making it through to the semi-finals of the League Cup, Moyes will undoubtedly have to get his team selection spot on for the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And, with it being recently revealed by West Ham insider ExWHUemployee that 21-year-old Ben Johnson is in contention for a start following his recovery from injury, it would seem highly advisable for the 58-year-old manager to unleash the right-back against Spurs.
Indeed, with Vladimir Coufal suspended on Wednesday evening after the defender was sent off against Arsenal last time out, there is an obvious spot that needs filling on the right-hand side of the Hammers’ backline against Spurs.
However, this is not the only reason as to why Moyes must place his trust in Johnson, as, in the club’s 1-0 win over tonight’s opponents back in October, the academy graduate proved that he is more than capable of doing a stellar job up against the Tottenham Hotspur attack.
Over his 90 minutes on the pitch that day, the £2.7m-rated defender had Spurs’ left-winger Heung-Min Son in his pocket, making five tackles, one interception, one clearance and winning all seven of his attempted duels in the match.
The player who Moyes himself dubbed a “really important” part of the West Ham side also posed a threat going forwards, completing one dribble, one cross, four long balls and having one shot at the Tottenham goal.
These returns saw the £19k-per-week right-back end the fixture with an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.8 – the joint second-highest of any player to feature in the game – while his counterpart Son received a rating of just 6.3 – the second-lowest of any player who started the match.
As such, if he is fit, the youngster who ExWHUemployee dubbed a “sensational” talent simply must start against Spurs this evening, as the defender is clearly more than capable of giving the north London side and their South Korean winger nightmares once again.