West Ham boss David Moyes has praised Edson Alvarez for the impact he has made since his arrival this summer.

The Mexican international joined our Hammers from Ajax in a deal worth around £35m during the transfer window, and has subsequently cemented himself as a key player in the heart of Moyes’ midfield this season so far.

Our Irons face Freiburg tonight in the 2nd match of Group A in the Europa League, in the knowledge that a victory would certainly go a long way to giving the club a great chance at reaching the knockout stage of the tournament – with this fixture earmarked by many as the toughest of the fixtures.

Alvarez is expected to feature this evening, with Moyes admitting he is delighted with how well he has impressed since his arrival in east London.

“He’s done incredibly well and started fast,” the Hammers boss told the press, as reported by whufc.com. “He’s a really good man to have around, he’s a good professional and settled in really well.

“I still think, coming into the last 15 minutes of games, he’s found it physically demanding, but I have to say he’s doing really, really well.”

The manager also admitted that he is expecting a tough game in Germany tonight, with the hosts well established in the German top flight and with plenty of European experience.

“I think we’re playing against a really good team, who have had excellent success in the last couple of years in the Bundesliga,” added the manager. “I think they’ve got stability, and that goes a long way, which shows at this Club. They’ve certainly grown and got themselves in a good position.”