West Ham – How far can Moyes take this team?
With another win for West Ham, they continue to march further up the table with the fantastic start to the New Year. With joining the club for the second time, after replacing Manuel Pellegrini following a 2-1 defeat to Leicester in December 2019.
When he re-joined the club the club sat in a dismal 17th place, one point off the relegation zone, with both a lack of direction and crowd support. When he re-joined the club in 2019, it had a lot of crowd disappointment with the Irons seem to have a lack of ambition signing a returning manager that was used to stabilise the club, adding to the already set frustration of the lack of success since the move to the London Stadium.
But since the start of the season, West Ham has seemed to be a team with a new identity under David Moyes with the club already reaching the same amount of wins this season as they did the entire 38 games last year. The run of form leaves an open door for the team to progress and develop further than they have since their emotional last year at the Boleyn.
With the team on a run of 8 games unbeaten, credit has to be given to Moyes, who is still yet to lose in 2021. This run is heavily favoured by West Ham fans even picking up points against teams like Brighton, whom West Ham are typically known to lose to, only managing 4 points in 7 games against the Eagles. And with West Ham’s last defeat being against Chelsea, when even then they were the better of the two teams there is no reason to doubt the run of the Irons.
What players have made Moyes so successful?
The success of Moyes can be directed towards a few players that have reached new heights under the second Moyes reign. With players like Declan Rice taking his game to the next level becoming the West Ham captain and leading the team, showing similar sorts of leadership experience like his mentor Mark Noble.
West Ham has already have seen success with additions of their new signings, breaking their typical tradition of failing sign impactful players like Dimitri Payet, however, it seems that fans prayers have been answered. The club has acquired signings of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal over the past twelve months, with both players being vital to the squad after joining from Slavia Prague, earlier in 2020, with Soucek anchoring himself in the midfield with partner Declan Rice. The fans love for Soucek stems from the Czech Republican adding defensive numbers with 66 tackles and 51 interceptions, also contributing goals to the squad even being likened to the Fellani, whom Moyes utilised in his time at both Everton and Manchester United. Soucek has been able to add 10 goals from 33 games, scoring 2 in the recent win against Crystal Palace.
And with the addition of Coufal has strengthened the back four, with Soucek’s fellow countryman being hailed as one of the bargain transfers, signing the Czech Republican for £5 million he has won 90 defensive duels, 5 clean sheets and already added 3 assists to his game.
Where can Moyes take West Ham?
With West Ham currently halfway into their season sat in 4th place, they should be incredibly proud of how far they’ve come despite teams still having games in hand over them. Many teammates commenting on the relationships that have been built behind the scenes, there should be no reason for West Ham not to move forward.
Despite the success of the club in the past 10 games, Moyes has even claimed that “I think we are a long way off that at the moment, we are a work in progress.”, even highlighting that there is more to come on top of this outstanding form. And with many expecting the club to be in the battle for survival, they have surprised everyone in being a real dark horse, there is no reason why they shouldn’t go for a potential spot in the Europa League?
With the Hammers, fans always demanding a cup run it seems highly likely that it could be on the cards this season. With West Ham proving themselves unbeatable against teams that they’re known to struggle against, with the fans still being haunted by the 4-2 defeats to AFC Wimbledon.