West Ham manager David Moyes has spoken of his delight in James Ward-Prowse so far this season, as we get set to commence our Europa League campaign tonight.

Our Hammers face Backa Topola in the opening Group A clash at the London Stadium, with the boss understandably keen to get off to a winning start to set to the tone in what we’re hoping will be another very successful mission on the European stage this season.

“It’s a compliment to them that they’re in this situation,” Moyes said of the Serbian league leaders, as reported by the clubs Official Website. “We’ve watched their Braga games and we’ve got an idea of their level. They’ve started the season really well in their league and we know they’ll be a tough game tomorrow”

Moyes couldn’t contain his pleasure in seeing how well James Ward-Prowse has done since arriving at the club this summer, highlighting the importance he already has at West Ham following the transfer from his boyhood club Southampton.

“I think he added things to Southampton that were fantastic and I hoped we would be able to transfer that to West Ham,” said the boss. “He can play several different roles for us in midfield and he’s been a good, steady signing for us at the moment.

“Over the years, we’ve not been bad at set-pieces, and adding a top deliverer could make us more potent. I have to say he’s had a great start to his career at West Ham.”

Our Hammers manager also gave praise to Mohammed Kudus, who Moyes is easing in gently to proceedings at the club following his arrival from Ajax, with many hoping we’ll see more of the forward tonight in the Europa League commencement.

“I like what I see and I think he looks a really good player,” added Moyes. “That’s why we brought him and hopefully we can give him a chance to show what he can do in the next couple of weeks.

“We just wanted to give him a bit of time and not expect too much too soon.”