By Sam Stone

2nd Nov, 2022 | 9:30pm

West Ham United set to ring the changes for Conference League clash v FCSB

David Moyes is set to ring the changes for West Ham United’s final Europa Conference League group stage fixture against FCSB.

The West Ham boss has confirmed (Football London’s Jonty Colman, 2 October) that a number of first-team players have been left at home, with the fixture now a dead rubber for the Irons.

It’s understood a number of the Hammers’ younger players will be given the chance to feature as the Irons look to become the first team to win all six of their group-stage matches.

Perfect scenario

This is why the Conference League has been a good addition to the Hammers’ schedule this season, with Moyes now able to blood some of his younger players after seeing his side cruise through the group stages. The trip to Romania will give some of West Ham’s youth products a taste of the first team environment, getting them ready to be called upon in the future.

As the season continues the Conference League could well become a priority for Moyes, with qualification to the Europa League via the Premier League looking like a daunting task. Newcastle United have been immense this season, Manchester United are certainly improving and Liverpool will be in and around the top six come the end of the season. Then there are the likes of Crystal Palace and Brighton who could also be in with a sniff of challenging.

There are a lot of teams looking to challenge the Hammers this season, which is why Moyes must prioritise the Conference League in the latter stages. It will still take some to win the competition, but at the moment the Irons are certainly one of the favourites.

West Ham could also welcome back Harrison Ashby for the fixture after the 20-year-old travelled to Romania with the squad (ExWHUemployee, 2 November).