Moyes hopes he can find a Haaland answer


David Moyes will tonight hatch a plan which he hopes can keep Erling Haaland quiet whilst having admitted that he joins a category of “unplayable” strikers he has faced in the past.

Haaland is indeed the icing on a Manchester City team which looks to take another step towards the title tonight against us.

And asked how we could deal with Haaland Moyes told reporters: “I have come up against loads of players that I thought were unplayable. There have been so many. Thierry Henry was one of them, and then you’d think how can you deal with Bergkamp coming off the front.

I thought Ruud van Nistelrooy’s finishing and the positions he took up in the box were incredible in the early days, and then you would be thinking how can I stop Rooney and Van Persie.

There were loads of centre forwards and brilliant players. at the moment Haaland is one of those brilliant players at the moment and maybe blowing everyone away.

He admitted that it is tricky blaming defenders  for not being able to keep up with him adding: “That is the problem.

You are maybe hoping he has a weakness, that he cannot run or he is not good in the air or his touch is not good.

But, he is all-round, and surrounded by teammates who can provide him with balls in the air, balls through the middle, cut-backs for finishes, he can finish with his left, right…”

One reporter said that even if you kick him, he will kick you back to which the West ham boss replied: “Yeah, that might be the best way! Generally they are such a good team. If you took Haaland out… the past few years they have played with a false striker and part of this year there were some doubts over whether Haaland made them any better.

It has taken them time to get used to Haaland, just like we are with a few of our players. they have needed to get used to his goals because he provides those like a machine, but maybe how he played for the team and how they used him.”

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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!"

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