Irons boss David Moyes has spoken to the media ahead of our Premier League clash with Norwich City on Wednesday night. It’s a match that West Ham go in as firm favourites, and will be seen as a must win to keep up the pace in the race for a top 4 finish this season.
When asked about team news, Moyes said: “Like all clubs, injuries and COVID are all round every Club, and our Club as well. It’s a difficult time of year and a busy programme as well.
“Kurt’s doing well. I couldn’t give you an idea of exactly when he’ll be back. We’re just trying to get him correct and in the right condition as well. Hopefully he’s not too far away.
“We could probably do with some more cover because of Angelo Ogbonna’s season-long injury. If I can get Kurt back that eases the pressure, but we’re always looking to strengthen and find players who can help us. The sooner we can get Kurt back, the better.”
As expected, being in the January transfer window, Moyes was asked to provide an update on our player recruitment.
“We’d like to add to our squad if we can and if we can find players who we think are suitable, we could do with some backup if we can get it.
“There’s never any guarantee in January the right players are gettable, but we’re certainly looking around.”
When asked about our opponents Norwich, Moyes said: “The thing about Norwich is they’ve got a really good manager in Dean Smith. It’ll take a little bit of time to get things sorted. They’re in a fight to stay up, but I think there’s a chance for the bottom five teams – there’s a fight on.
“Norwich will see every game as an opportunity, but I see it at West Ham as a chance to challenge the teams at the top and keep trying to win.
“If you look back at what Dean did at Walsall, Brentford and Aston Villa, you’d have thought he’d be given a little bit more time.
“I think Dean, given that opportunity to manage them through, got them promoted and stayed in the Premier League, that takes a little of time and you have to think about that.
“I’m pleased for Dean because I think he’s at a good club. They give managers a chance – it’s not always about the next win – and I hope it gives Dean a chance to go up.”
Finally Moyes was quizzed on the recent single ‘Massive’ by Guvna B, released to raise funds for Isla Caton.
“It’s brilliant. It’s a young girl who’s struggled and the Club have done everything they can to try to help. It’s really good that the supporters have come in and found a way to raise funds. I’m really pleased.
“If anybody’s out there and you can buy the record and donate, it would go down really, really well.”