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Injury gives Moses Makasi a chance to show West Ham what he can do

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Injury gives Moses Makasi a chance to show West Ham what he can do

Antoni Sarcevic is out until April for Plymouth Argyle, giving West Ham loanee Moses Makasi a chance to shine.

West Ham United talent Moses Makasi might be about to get a prolonged experience of regular first-team football. Not with the Hammers, but with his loan club Plymouth Argyle.

The 22-year-old joined the Pilgrims on transfer deadline day but has since had to settle for a place on the bench. Plymouth, who are pushing for promotion in League One, had a settled side which Makasi could not break into.

Yet last weekend Makasi did get his first start. He featured in the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town, and scored on his full Football League debut.

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Matt Crooks of Northampton Town contests the ball with David Fox and Antoni Sarcevic of Plymouth Argle during the Sky Bet League One match between Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town at Home Park on November 21, 2017 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Plymouth confirmed this week that the man keeping him out of the first team, Antoni Sarcevic, has suffered a groin injury. With the playmaker absent until mid-April it seems Makasi is going to get his chance. Plymouth boss Derek Adams stated to the Plymouth Herald:

“He (Makasi) came here from West Ham under-23s for regular football.

“To start with we had been playing well Sarcevic, Ness in that midfield with Fox and it was difficult for him to get in.

“He got his opportunity at Fleetwood and took it.”

For Makasi, it is a chance he must take. At 22 his time at West Ham is running out. The midfielder is still to feature for the Hammers first-team despite impressing with the under-23s.

An all-action midfielder the closest he has come to a West Ham breakthrough was a place on the bench v Burnley on the final day of the 2016-17 season.

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Derek Adams the manager of Plymouth during the Plymouth Argyle Media Access ahead of the Emirates FA Cup 3rd round match against Liverpool at Home Park on January 6, 2017 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Makasi turns 23 in September and West Ham will no doubt have to consider letting him go in the summer if he cannot prove himself. Sarcevic’s injury gives Makasi a chance to string together some regular playing time at a team in good form.

If Makasi can help Plymouth into the League One play-off picture in the weeks to come he will certainly give West Ham food for thought.

If not, then West Ham may decide that Makasi will be better off finding himself a new team in the summer transfer window.

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