OK credit where’s it’s due Mr Moyes. That was a remarkable team talk you must have given at half time as the lads produced their best 45 minutes of the season. But we need more, a lot more of the same over the rest of the season now, having seen how the players can perform when it is desperately required writes Hughie Southon.
The two heroes for me of a second 45 minutes, which left most of us utterly astounded, were Jarrod Bowen, who was entirely inspired, and the excellent Mo Kudus who has defied the general feeling – notably from the manager – that new arrivals need a little while to settle in. He is becoming a top Hammer very quickly indeed and offering a very timely option.
He can play centrally but is also a star of Bowen proportions on the right wing. That they were able to swap places at times was a huge bonus to the team and one which should well create problems for most Premier League oppositions. The downside last night was Paqueta who – for me anyway – had a thoroughly awful game, missing one great opportunity (provided from the right by Kudus) and generally was worth no more than a three or four in my personal ratings, IF THAT!
Zouma’s return steadied things a bit when we were under so much pressure in that oppressive first half and James Ward-Prowse again looked the player of a few weeks ago.
We now know what they are capable of and we need to see that type of performance consistently. If we do then YES, we can join the top six on a regular basis but we still need that other striker with Bowen saying he is happy to learn the job and some really strong signings next summer with the old guard moving on as their time passes.