By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

4th Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit drops Nayef Aguerd verdict at West Ham United after World Cup breakout

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

Frank McAvennie likes what he sees from West Ham United ace Nayef Aguerd after the central defender shone during the World Cup in Qatar.

The Morocco defender has missed a large chunk of the season after picking up a serious ankle injury in pre-season following his £30m move from Rennes, but made his return just before the World Cup tournament and made a handful of appearances for the Hammers.

But he’s gone straight into the national side and was a key member of the squad that topped their group, which also contained Croatia, Belgium and Canada, and McAvennie thinks we’ve seen his best.

“You’ve got to be busy playing Morocco haven’t you,” he told West Ham Zone. “You would see the best of him in that respect.

McAvennie also admitted that it’s hard to judge players we haven’t seen too much from in a claret and blue shirt, but thinks David Moyes will know who he can trust and now needs to whittle down to decide what his best starting lineup is.

“There are players there, when you’re not seeing them every week or seeing them training it’s hard to judge.

“David will see who is putting it in in training and who isn’t, who is ready. There’s been a few mistakes at the back, Cresswell has made a few mistakes and I want somebody to push him.

“But it didn’t materialise. [Emerson] came in and they just didn’t push him as much as I would have wanted them to.

“There’s a squad of players. David, I don’t know if he knows what his best team is and I think that’s wrong. The best thing he can do, he’s got to have 11, 12, 13 players that he knows that’s his team and he’s picking his 11 out of that 13.

“The rest should be your back ups, and I don’t know if David has got that in his own mind.”