David Moyes have given a very open and honest admission on his thoughts of record signing Lucas Paqueta’s form so far this season.

West Ham forked out a club record fee believed to be north of £50m including all add on’s for the versatile play maker from Lyon in the summer, and as yet it is felt the best is still very much yet to come from Paqueta.

The Brazilian international has to be given a fair bedding in period, but Moyes has admitted that he had expected more at this stage, and hopes that we are soon to see the gifted player take hold of things in the Premier League.

“When we bought Lucas, we looked at him as more of a No 10,” admitted the boss, as reported by Football London.”We tried to bring in someone who could give us a link between the midfield and forward players and I still think it may be.

“But his feeling is, if you look at where he’s played for Brazil, it’s tended to be Casemiro and Paqueta and Neymar getting the No 10 role. Lucas Paqueta was slightly deeper. So we’ve tried to give him the opportunity to play slightly deeper where he’s played for Brazil.

“I’ll be honest, we brought him for eight to ten goals, for eight to ten assists. But if you’re asking me how he’s doing, he’s settling in much better, he’s playing better in games. We’re playing him more like a No 8 if you want to call it that, alongside Dec. But the fact is, yeah, we hoped he would get us goals or add assists.”

Despite the obvious frustrations, Moyes was also very optimistic and praised the efforts in which Paqueta demonstrates, however now is the time to start seeing the flair and quality that can make the difference to gain much needed points for our Hammers this season.

“If you took the word “Brazilian” away and you took the other side – his effort, his commitment, his application to get about – is so, so good,” added Moyes. “Now what we want is a bit of Brazilian, which is making the goals, scoring the goals, making the difference when we need it.

“I’m pleased with the way he’s coming on. He was four weeks late in coming in. It was not quite deadline day but then it was getting him ready. He missed the first month of the season and then had to come into a side not playing as well as we had done, us thinking he was coming in to make the difference and it didn’t quite go that way.”