Crooks completely disagrees with West Ham boss after his big claim about Kudus

Garth Crooks completely disagrees with West Ham boss David Moyes after his big claim about star Mohammed Kudus.

It says everything about the impact Mohammed Kudus has made at West Ham that there was grave concern when it emerged he could be a doubt for the game at Burnley.

A top source inside West Ham revealed the club urged Ghana not to select Kudus for the November internationals as he had been struggling with a back injury.

Those pleas fell on deaf ears. Kudus was selected and sure enough missed training with a bad back sparking fears he could miss West Ham’s game at Burnley.

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Crooks completely disagrees with Moyes

But Kudus did make the Hammers line-up at Turf Moor. And it’s lucky he did. Because they wouldn’t have won the game without him.

It was the £38m star boy who created both of West Ham’s late goals in the 2-1 comeback victory.

And while David Moyes was full of praise for Kudus’ impact after the game, he told the press it was the ‘poorest he’s played’ for the Hammers.

“He’s been so good (but) I actually think today, if I was being honest, was probably as poor as he’s played but I’m putting it down a little bit to international duty,” Moyes said in his post match press conference.

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‘As poor as he’s played’

“But he’s come up with really important goals for us and he’s come up with some really important assists and I think he’s got it in him. And I think he’s getting used to the Premier League… so many of the boys who come in from overseas, it’s not easy for them to settle in and get used to the intensity and it’s no different for Mo…

“Mo’s done really well but today he was a bit under. But I think it’s got a wee bit to do with the international week.”

One pundit doesn’t see it the same way as the Scot boss, though.

Garth Crooks completely disagrees with West Ham boss Moyes after his big claim about star Kudus.

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‘Outstanding’ Kudus was West Ham’s best player says BBC man

Naming Kudus in his BBC Sport Team of the Week, Crooks said ‘outstanding’ Kudus was head and shoulders West Ham’s best player at Burnley.

“David Moyes must have been spitting feathers when he heard that Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen, two of his best players, had come back from international duty injured,” Crooks said.

“Fortunately Mohammed Kudus returned from a trip to the Indian Ocean in order to play for Ghana against Comoros in a World Cup qualifier. I don’t know what happened in Comoros as Ghana lost 1-0 but it didn’t seem to affect Kudus, who was outstanding on his return for West Ham against Burnley.

“On two separate occasions, Kudus produced moments of magic that resulted in goals for the Hammers and he was their standout player on the day.”


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