AOF Report: How are the Hammers getting on so far this season?

AOF Report: How are the Hammers getting on so far this season?

Last update: 15 November 2020 Tags: West Ham United, David Moyes. Categories: Uncategorized.

West Ham have had a positive start to the season, defeating Wolves, Leicester and coming close to defeating Liverpool and Manchester City, but has David Moyes been a success during his second stint at the London Stadium?

When Manuel Pellegrini was appointed West Ham manager at the start of the 18/19 season it looked like the Hammers were finally heading in the right direction.

Pellegrini still remains the only South American manager to win the Premier League title and it looked like an ambitious appointment.

However, after a heafty spending spree bringing in Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals, Seb Haller, things turned sour and the Chilean was sacked midway through last season.

[caption id="attachment_25015" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pellegrini took charge of 64 games and won 24, drew 11 and lost 29. Image Credit:[/caption]

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes was brought back to the London Stadium after keeping the Irons in the Premier League prior to Pellegrini's appointment.

The Scotsman arrived with fans having a sour taste in the mouth with many having split minds when it came to Moyes appointment.

He did what he was appointed to do, save West Ham from relegation to the Championship.

Moyes stayed on as manager and had his first summer transfer window this year.

The Hammers had a mixed window making just one transfer along with two loan deals with one of those becoming permanent in the Summer.

David Sullivan and David Gold brought in right back Vladmir Coufal along with Craig Dawson on loan from Watford.

However, the Hammers best piece of business was signing of Said Benrahama from Championship side Brentford.

Originally the deal was going to permanent, however a problem with the Algerian wingers medical saw the transfer turned into a loan deal instead with an obligation for the club to buy in the summer.

Season 20/21 kicked off with the Irons taking on Newcastle, losing 2-0 they followed that up in the league with a 2-1 loss to Arsenal.

However, a change of formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 5-4-1 has worked wonders for the Hammers.

[caption id="attachment_24889" align="aligncenter" width="248"] The 5-4-1 formation that West Ham used against Liverpool. Defender Aaron Cresswell has the most chances created of any defender in the Premier League (17). Image Credit: One Football.[/caption]

Since the tactical change by David Moyes, West Ham have conceded just six times in the league.

When it comes to their attack the Irons look better going forward with Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen playing out wide with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in the middle.

This has resulted in thirteen goals which is more than what Wolves, Arsenal and Manchester United have achieved.

David Moyes has often been criticised for his tactics, the main complaint being his lack of substitutes during games.

The former Preston North End, Everton and Manchester United manager seems to stick with the same line-up week in and week out, which is working.

An issue with doing this though is squad rotation and also potentially picking up injuries along the way.

Striker Michail Antonio is a prime example of relying on one up front in the 5-4-1 formation. 


[caption id="attachment_25014" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pablo Fornals has been one of West Ham's stand out stars this season, picking up two goals and two assists. IMAGE CREDIT: WEST HAM UNITED.[/caption]

Relying on one man up front has put physical strain on Antonio with the Englishman on the side-line with a hamstring injury.

This means that Moyes has just one striker at the moment in the form of Sebastian Haller who moved to the London Stadium after a successful 18/19 season with Eintracht Frankfurt.

It has not been easy for the now Ivory Coast striker, with the 26 year-old finding the net just eight times in 39 Premier League appearances.

Compared to his time in the Bundesliga, Haller has often played without the support he has at Frankfurt.

Ante Rebic, Luka Jovic and Filip Kostic all played a key role in Haller scoring 15 times in 29 appearances.

David Moyes is turning West Ham in to a threat regardless of who they play, the future is looking bright for the Irons especially this season with key signings now starting to gel together and it is looking like Moyes will be here for the next few seasons if things continue to head in the right direction.