Tuesday 22 Sep
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Team news: Ajibola Alese handed West Ham United debut

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West Ham United youngster Ajibola Alese will make his senior side debut in this evening’s Carabao Cup clash with Hull City. 

The 19-year-old has been named in David Moyes’ starting XI for the first time in a side that also contains fellow Academy graduates Ben Johnson and Josh Cullen. 

The defender spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Accrington Stanley, making 15 appearances in all competitions.

Alese, who will wear the No42 shirt this evening, forms a defensive line with Johnson, Harrison Ashby - who made his debut last week - and Fabian Balbuena, who once again captains the Irons in the Carabao Cup. 

Jack Wilshere and Robert Snodgrass come into the midfield alongside Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson. 

Striker Sebastien Haller, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over Charlton in the second-round last week, leads the line for the Hammers.

On the bench, the Hammers can call on midfielder Jack Wilshere, who missed out at the weekend due to a slight injury, and former Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen. 

Xande Silva, Conor Coventry, Emmanuel Longelo and Nathan Trott complete the matchday 18 for the Hammers.

West Ham United: Randolph; Johnson, Balbuena (c), Ashby, Alese; Wilshere, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, F. Anderson; Haller
Substitutes: Trott, Martin, Longelo, Coventry, Bowen, Silva