Just like waiting for busses, Hammers boss David Moyes has gone from only having one centre back properly available to THREE in the space of one game. As Hammers prepare for the crucial, what some say is a 'once in a lifeteime' clash' in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League semi final against Eintrecht Franfurt, Moyes will be able to select his two centre back starters from Les 'Ballon' Dawson, Issa Diop and Zouma, the availability of all three will have come as a welcome fillip to the manager's plans ahead of the game.
The news for the rest of the defence is not so promising though, there is a serious doubt as to the availability of young Ben Johnson who currently has a thigh strain that may well prevent him from featurng, fortunatley Vladimir Coufal is slowly returning to the sort of form he dsiplayed before undergoing surgery for a hernia and thigh injury.
Indeed many have argued that Coufal is better suited to the pressure of European fixtures, due to his vast experience on the International and European stage, Johnson, great prospect that he is, DOES have a bit of a habit of playing sideways as opposed to the more direct nature of Coufal's crosses, Coufal also has a long throw in his locker that if used wisely CAN pay dividends.
Make no mistake, Thursday's game is in reality shit or bust for the Irons, but at least the manager has virtually a full strength squad to choose from! - Ed