'I was tired quickly': West Ham ace admits he was worn out during last night's match

Brian Heffernan April 6, 2021
'I was tired quickly': West Ham ace admits he was worn out during last night's match
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West Ham United full-back Arthur Masuaku has opened up about his injury issues after playing in the Premier League for the first time in 2021, speaking to the Hammers’ official website.

Masuaku last played against Manchester United in early December but started last night’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 27-year-old got an assist on his return to league football, setting up Pablo Fornals in the 14th minute to give West Ham an early 2-0 lead.

Masuaku: ‘Excited to be back’

Masuaku was replaced by Ben Johnson in the 67th minute and the full-back admitted he was tired. However, he’s looking forward to more minutes in the first team after the Hammers’ 3-2 win.

He told West Ham’s official website: “I’m going to be honest – I was tired quickly. But I knew I had to get through that and now I’m looking forward to the next game.

“I’m very excited to be back and part of this.”

And Masuaku mentioned he had been struggling with his knee problem for some time.

He said: “I was playing with a sore knee for a year-and-a-half and I couldn’t play like that any longer.

“I decided to have a small operation, which was very good and now I don’t have any issues any more.

“I worked hard in the gym and on the pitch to get back to full fitness and now I feel good.”

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Exciting end to the season

The 27-year-old usually plays as a full-back but can also be deployed further forward.

Against Wolves, Masuaku played in the left-midfield role with some success – getting an assist to his name.

Masuaku has only been able to play 11 league matches this season but has averaged a Whoscored rating of 6.93 out of 10.

That ranks him as the fifth-best Hammers player. Jesse Lingard leads the way with 7.52 for league games.

So it’s clear to see Masuaku is an important player for David Moyes’ side when fit.

And, now he’s seemingly happy and healthy again, the 27-year-old’s return should be a big boost as an exciting end of the season looms.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.