Reece Oxford has been handed his first start in a West Ham senior side for the first time since March 2016 as the Hammers take on Shrewsbury Town in their FA Cup third round replay.
The defender, who spent the first half of the season on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach, has seen his return to the side halted through injury having picked up a knock on his first day back in east London.
The 19-year-old, a defender by trade, will play in the midfield as fellow youngster Reece Burke slots into a back four featuring right-back Sam Byram, making his first appearance since the EFL Cup win over Tottenham in October.
Having had a tooth knocked out, and another damaged, against Shrewsbury many would forgive Josh Cullen for sitting out tonight’s game. The determined midfielder, though, starts alongside Oxford.
The Hammers know the will have to step up their performance from the original tie, a 0-0 draw against Paul Hurst’s side, if they are to progress into the fourth round, where either Bournemouth or Wigan await.
West Ham XI: Hart, Byram, Burke, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Obiang, Oxford, Cullen; Lanzini, Martinez, Ayew
Subs: Zabaleta, Arnautovic, Noble, Haksabanovic, Samuelsen, Makasi