By Liam Thomas

15th Sep, 2022 | 3:10pm

David Moyes may choose to field second-string West Ham United XI v Silkeborg

David Moyes has been left with a selection headache ahead of West Ham’s UEFA Europa Conference League clash away to Danish outfit Silkeborg IF this evening.

The Hammers have had a less than impressive start to the Premier League campaign and this will ultimately affect the first XI Moyes will field in Europe.

However, Moyes faces another dilemma, the artificial pitch surface in Denmark, something which the manager highlighted in his pre-match presser as a damming factor in his team selection.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Moyes described his selection dilemma ahead of this evening’s European clash.

“It’s given me some thoughts,” Moyes said. “We respect that it’s an artificial pitch, we have some decisions to make.

“As a player, I played on a plastic pitch for three years. In modern football, I don’t see the top-level players really wanting to play on Astroturf pitches and I completely respect it.

Nevertheless, after visiting Denmark last month the Hammers boss does believe his squad are ready for the challenges that will be thrown their way.

“I think all it’s done is that we’re familiar with the surroundings in that we stayed close by to where we are now.

“The travel has been very easy from London. Last year we mainly had games that kicked off at 6 o’clock now it’s 8 o’clock which isn’t good for us because it affects the travel back. We’ll have to get used to that.”

Wise decision

With a tough trip to Goodison Park on Sunday, Moyes would be wise to rest his favoured first XI and put out the Hammer’s second-string team.

Pushing the club up the table of the Premier League has to be the priority of Moyes right now after the team’s unacceptable start to the campaign.

West Ham spent a whopping £163.08million and with the club’s current league position this could prove to be a catastrophe waiting to happen [Transfermarkt].

Moyes can little afford to lose key talents with the upcoming jam-packed Premier League schedule and an injury this evening to a key talent would be costly.

Despite it being a nice competition to be part of, I think every Hammer can admit that they’d much rather the team focus on league efforts than the third-string European competition.

We will have to wait and see what first XI Moyes conjures up in the next few hours, hopefully, he makes the wise and right decision tonight.