'I hope they've been drinking Newcastle Brown Ale,' says David Moyes

David Moyes is ‘hoping’ Eddie Howe’s side ‘have been drinking plenty of Newcastle Brown Ale’ ahead of Saturday’s trip to St James’ Park, and admits it’s good news for West Ham that Bruno Guimaraes is banned insisting ‘he’s a really good player’

  • David Moyes hopes Eddie Howe’s side have ‘been drinking Newcastle brown ale’ 
  • West Ham travel to Northumberland to play the in-form Geordies on Saturday
  • The Hammers’ boss is hoping Lucas Paqueta can perform for his side
  • Moyes lauded Bruno Guimaraes who will be absent for the match serving a ban

David Moyes hopes West Ham’s opponents on Saturday have been drinking plenty of Newcastle Brown Ale as he aims to inflict a first Premier League defeat on Eddie Howe’s team since August.

Newcastle have been celebrating reaching the Carabao Cup final and now welcome West Ham to St James’ Park. The hosts are without the suspended Bruno Guimaraes but Moyes wants to see Lucas Paqueta bring the ‘Brazilian’ out of himself after signing him to score and create goals.

‘I hope they’ve all been drinking… Newcastle Brown Ale, is it? I hope they’ve had plenty of that!’ Moyes said yesterday.

David Moyes is ‘hoping’ Eddie Howe’s side ‘have been drinking Newcastle brown ale’

That comes as West Ham travel to St James’ Park to take on an in-form Newcastle on Saturday

‘It is good news (that Guimaraes is banned). He’s a really good player. But they have a team full of good players. That’s a sign of good management.’ Paqueta was a player that Newcastle were interested in. 

On West Ham’s £51million summer signing who is being used alongside Declan Rice in deep midfield, Moyes continued: ‘His feeling is, if you look at where he’s played for Brazil, it’s tended to be Casemiro and Paqueta, and Neymar in the No 10 role.

The Hammers’ boss is hoping Lucas Paqueta can bring the ‘Brazilian’ out of himself to perform 

Moyes also lauded Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaeres suggesting West Ham are lucky he is banned

‘So we’ve tried to give him the opportunity to play slightly deeper. I’ll be honest, we bought Lucas for eight to ten goals, for eight to ten assists. We’re playing him more like a No 8 if you wan to call it that.

‘If you took the word “Brazilian” away and you took the other side – his effort, his commitment, his application to get about – is so, so good. Now what we want is a bit of Brazilian – making the goals, scoring the goals, making the difference when we need it.

Danny Ings could return for West Ham after coming back from a knee injury but may not start

‘If you’re asking me how he’s doing, he’s settling in much better. He’s a very good character. We like him a lot. He trains well.’ 

Danny Ings is in line for a return to the West Ham squad after coming back from his knee injury, though Moyes says a start is unlikely. Michail Antonio is expected to start up front while Ings builds back his fitness.

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