West Ham star Divin Mubama has told boss David Moyes what he can do better than Michail Antonio and Danny Ings.
It is true that it is hard to blood young players – especially strikers – in the modern day Premier League.
They are very much yesterday’s men while Mubama is not just the future of West Ham but potentially the present too.
Reports have abound that Mubama is refusing to sign a new deal at West Ham having grown frustrated with his lack of opportunities under Moyes.
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We reported yesterday that West Ham owner David Sullivan has tried to intervene in the Mubama situation by looking to hold one-to-one talks with the striker. But his agent has refused.
West Ham fans let Moyes know how they felt about Mubama’s lack of minutes during the Carabao Cup win over Lincoln.
They sent another message to Moyes when the Scot somewhat surprisingly brought Mubama on ahead of Michail Antonio and Ings in the closing stages of the win over Olympiacos before the international break.
Supporters at Turf Moor for the comeback win over Burnley were furious when Moyes elected to start Ings ahead of Mubama when Jarrod Bowen failed a fitness test.
And they let the manager know, bombarding him with a chant about Mubama until he eventually relented and brought him on.
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That – as it did at Lincoln – coincided with West Ham looking a lot brighter and going on to win the game.
Mubama was not credited with the equaliser but it was effectively his goal. He was key in turning things around by making a proper striker’s run to force the own goal.
But it was his enthusiasm, desire and running that was just as important.
Now the academy graduate has been making his case to stay in the team.
West Ham star Mubama has told boss Moyes what he does better than Antonio and Ings.
He feels his energy, pressing and running can make a big difference to this West Ham side. And he has vowed ‘I will deliver’ if given his chance.
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“It was great to come on today, get more minutes and show the boss what I can do,” Mubama told the club’s website.
“I want to get on the end of crosses and things like that. This is what I like to, bring energy and put defenders on the back foot. I’ve tried to do that every time I come on. I’ve done that all the way through during my time with the Academy, with my pressing and running.
“I’ll take a little bit of credit for being in the right place, and also thanks to the gaffer for bringing me on, allowing me to come on and show what I can do. With players unavailable come opportunities in football, and you have to step up and take them, and be ready for them…
“Definitely (eyeing more minutes now), I’m always buzzing for more minutes and being ready because I feel like when I get the opportunity I will deliver, I back myself and yea looking to Thursday, looking forward to it.”