West Ham boss David Moyes was understandably delighted with the win last night and says Mohammed Kudus is set to make a big impact.
Our Hammers came away with a deserved 3-1 victory over Backa Topola in our Europa League Group A opener at the London Stadium, having had a scare with the visitors going ahead following an Angelo Ogbonna error – but West Ham remained calm and our quality in the end gave us a great start to life on the European stage again.
Moyes was very pleased with Kudus, who got off the mark with a goal to give our Irons the lead, with a beautifully guided header from another James Ward-Prowse assist – with the boss expecting big thing from the exciting forward.
“I’m pleased Mo has made a big impact for us already,” the manager told the clubs Official Website. “He’s still getting used to us and we’re getting used to him, but he made a big contribution last night for us.”
The boss was also complimentary of Ward-Prowse, who now has notched an incredible 2 goals and 5 assists in his opening 5 matches for the club – with Moyes liking the former Southampton to club legend and Sporting Director Mark Noble.
“James has settled in brilliantly well,” said Moyes. “We felt he had a good chance of settling in quickly due to his Premier League experience, but bringing him in was always a chance to see if he could bring goals and assist to us.
“He’s a Mark Noble-type player for us in many ways, in terms of what he brings to the team.”
West Ham now turn attention back to the Premier League, with a trip to Liverpool awaiting this Sunday with our Hammers eager to build on the excellent start to the campaign. Although Moyes acknowledges that the Red side of Merseyside are set to provide a stern test.
“Some teams have got ahead of Liverpool but Liverpool have pegged them back,” added Moyes. “It’s a big, hard game. The crowd and the stadium play a big role at Anfield.
“In recent years we’ve given them tough games and we’ll try to give them a good game on Sunday. We know we’re playing a good side and we want to show what we can do.”