David Moyes calls for West Ham players to step up in key star’s absence

West Ham round out the final match of gameweek 20 on Tuesday evening as they host Brighton.

The Hammers sit 6th in the league with four wins from five, while Brighton are 8th having won two in five. Back West Gam to win at 29/20 with bet365.

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David Moyes sends West Ham message

Ahead of facing Brighton, David Moyes has urged his West Ham players to step up and fill the void as star man Mohammed Kudus heads to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Kudus is due to link up with Ghana ahead of AFCON and is not expected to feature in Tuesday night’s meeting with Brighton, with Lucas Paqueta also a major doubt because of an injury picked up in last week’s win over Arsenal.

Depending on Ghana’s progress, Kudus could miss as many six West Ham matches during his time away and Moyes believes his side’s chances of sustaining a push for the European places will depend heavily on how they cope with the forward’s absence:

“I think we are still up against it with the level of competition but we’re never going to say we’re not going for it,” Moyes said. “I think the next month with the boys going away to the African Nations, just the whole programme. How can we cope without Kudus who has been sensational? How is Paqueta’s injury?

“We have to make sure we’ve not lost a big part of it because the truth is we’ve hardly had any injuries all season and we’ve not had to make too many changes and it’ll be now for others to step up and show what they can do.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.