David Moyes has set out his vision to make West Hams home ground the London Stadium a fortress although admits there is work to be done.
The Hammers manager has overseen a very positive run in recent weeks, especially on our home turf, with 5 consecutive victories in East London in all competitions.
When the move was made from our beloved Boleyn Ground back in 2016, West Ham struggled to get to grips with the new home setting and the feeling of it becoming a place to intimidate visitors seemed a long way off.
However those days are fast becoming a distant memory as the performances over the last couple of campaigns, and the current season to date, suggest the players and supporters alike are more than settled now, with a growing feeling that London Stadium is our home.
The Hammers boss Moyes is delighted now that even though some never wanted the change to happen, there is belief that our ground can indeed be the fortress we need it to be, although he acknowledged that we aren’t quite there just yet.
“I think the supporters have found it home now and have realised this is where home is,” Moyes told the press ahead of our Europa Conference League clash with Silkeborg tonight at London Stadium, as reported by Football London.
“This is where your team play, this is a team who many have supported their whole life. Yes, many might not have wanted it to be the case but I have to say, I think the supporters have taken to it and said ‘look this is what we’ve got, we’re probably here for I don’t know 100 years now so we might as well show everybody what we’re going to do and how we turn that into a hard place to come, a fortress.’
“I think we’ve got a bit to go to call it fortress, but I think the club have helped by bringing in behind the goals, a bit at the side.”
West Ham tonight are hoping to see Nayef Aguerd possibly make his long awaited debut, following the defenders return from a long-term ankle injury, which Moyes confirmed to the press, however as reported by The West Ham Way, Aguerd is not looking to be utilised in the Premier League as yet.
“At the moment he is not in contention for Sunday,” added Moyes. “Hoping to have him in the squad tomorrow and have him back one way or the other. What will he bring? At the moment, I don’t want to put too much on him and give him time.
“He is a really good footballer. He plays the game very well. He is a good reader of the game. He is quick enough, he is good in the air. We see a lot of good aspects in him. But because he has not played any Premier League games, it is really difficult for us to give an overall judgement. I don’t think he is ready to go into the Premier League yet but he could be ready to play a few of these games.”