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Change needed to this team of “Hammers pensioners”

By Hughie Southon

David Moyes may have one more chance or maybe several the way things are going but one thing is for sure he needs to change things quickly and drastically,

His biggest problem in my view is that he failed to build the young and energetic Hammers he promised and is now overseeing the oldest squad in the Premier League. In footballimg terms they feel like pensioners.

The squad look – indeed are – lethargic and haven’t been helped by the fact that so many of them have been playing game after game for two seasons or more.

He bought eight players in the summer and of those – excusing injuries – only Scamacca has featured to any great extent.

Fair play, Aguerd looks a good addition and alongside Zouma we could have a pairing whch is seriously up to needs.

Scamacca looked decent enough when arriving on Saturday but what are we to make of the likes of Kehrer, Emerson, Paqueta and Downes,

If they are not good enough to replace players why were they bought in the first place. A team aiming for the top six – as WAS  the case – needs strength in all positions not just those where there appears to be problems.

He has a hell of a job on his hands as does any manager who may replace him but this would be my team for Saturday:

Fabianski; Coufal, Aguerd, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Lanzini, Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen Scamacca.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

7 comments on “Change needed to this team of “Hammers pensioners”

  1. Good team, I would make one change. Paqueta has played better than Bowen. Bowen has been truly awful. Another example of Moyes and his mismanagement of the players. Its Monday and no announcement yet from the club that he is sacked.

  2. im confused – you moan about the age and dynamism of team and then pick Fabianski, coufal , cresswell and lanzini in your 11 – none of whom can run.

    Areola, Johnson and Emerson could all come in and add comparative legs to our backline.

    As for Lanzini as much as he a tidy player and great in the past, he is a busted flush since his injuries and not upto playing in a premiership midfield.

    For what its worth my 11 would be a 4-3-3

    Areola
    Johnson Zouma Aguerd Emerson
    fornals rice paqueta
    bowen scammaca Antonio

  3. The signs were there at the end of last season that rather than challenging for the Top 6 we would be in a relegation battle this season. The transfer policy has been bizarre. Aguerd looks decent and was bought early the rest were acquired after the season had started and looked liked panic over priced buys because they needed to get some players in. We seem to have no idea how to manage or plan for additions to the team. Indeed we are well into this transfer window and all we get is news about players going elsewhere. The transfer policy is just like Moyes’ tactics on the pitch devoid of any alternative plan. There seems to be a deep rooted problem within the club as we cannot even hang on to our youngsters, first Sonny Perkins and now Harrison Ashby !

  4. Betfair have suspended betting on Moyes leaving, and have apparently taken some big bets on Rafa Benitez! 🙄

  5. This is why I laugh when it’s suggested that Bielsa might be brought in. Imagine these geriatrics doing murderball!

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