David Moyes has been bullish in his assessment of the season so far and has called on his players to reach the levels we expect now at West Ham.
There is no denying that the last 2 seasons have exceeded expectations, with our Hammers qualifying for European football in both campaigns having achieved top 7 finishes back to back, whilst also reaching the final 4 of the Europa League.
Following our meteoric rise, the club chose to back the boss by splashing out circa £180m in the summer on new recruits, that included Italy’s main striker Gianluca Scamacca and Brazils key playmaker Lucas Paqueta.
Despite this our Hammers have struggled for form this season, with the boss conceding when speaking to the clubs Official Website that it has not been easy integrating so many new faces into the side.
“I do think is that the club did really well with its business in the summer,” stated Moyes. “We brought in eight players, and it’s more than you would normally want to bring in.
“But with losing a few players, and with a couple who we knew was going to probably go on loan, if we didn’t replace them, we would have been short.
“And if anything, we were really short on numbers last year. So, bringing in nine is more than you’d really want to bring in and then getting them settled in is not easy.”
Moyes has admitted that things haven’t yet clicked but he fully expects them to and very soon, as our Hammers embark on a hugely important second half of the season with a lot of catching up to do having dropped many points already, albeit due to situations out of our hands on occasions.
However, the ‘bad luck’ line needs to disappear as West Ham look to get to grips with the Premier League and start turning the unfortunate results into positive ones. At present Moyes’ side sit only 7 points off the top 7, although this gap can increase fast if our Hammers fail to turn results around quickly.
Although the trip to Arsenal is a daunting one, with the hosts currently occupying top spot having been in excellent form, the Gunners do have many injury problems which Moyes must look to capitalise on.
“You look at the last two and a half years and you’ll see it’s been some of the finest stuff we’ve had here at West Ham for a long, long time,” added the Irons boss. “We want to pick it up again, we want to get back to that level – it tasted much better when it was like that and we want to get back there.
“We need to get a bit of momentum going, that’s what I’m looking for. To get off to a good start and try and get the results that we need.”