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Moyes identifies Hammers problem position

Reports that David Moyes has identified Olivier Giroud as a possible January target are wide of the mark.

ClaretandHugh understands that the manager’s first priority will be in midfield where he requires a strong running and aggressive operator.

The Giroud suggestion arose from the tabloid press earlier today and was immediately dismissed by one Hammers insider to us as “kite flying a name that’s been out there before.”

Moyes – like the vast majority of us fans has seen immediately – that our lack of pace and power in midfield is the central problem in the Hammers set-up at the moment.

We were told by an insider on e mail: “It’s a grafting, aggressive, running midfielder we want,  to add steel to the team which is seen as a total necessity.”

That’s where most energy will be directed initially by a manager who has a reputation for looking into the Championship from where he picked up the likes of Joleon Lescott from Wolves, Phil Jagielka from Sheffield United and John Stones from Barnsley.

Manuel Pellegrini allowed Pedro Obiang to depart without finding a replacement after Cheik Kouyate – a box to boxer – had also departed and its a gap that has never been satisfactorily

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27 comments on “Moyes identifies Hammers problem position

  1. well if true then that’s a plus, since MP was more interested in pretty boys – do we know what kind of budget we may have for jan ?

  2. I was angry with Moyes appointment yesterday but as a lifelong supporter I will get behind him and the team . I just hope he will be given funds to strengthen , I want to see the passion and hard work return to our team. We need a win on Wednesday we all know that. COYI ⚒

    • Well done , Mark . We must get behind the new manager because Pelligrini was only taking us down . At least Moyes May be given a chance this time around . The Fans will now have a massive on our season . Only hope there aren’t too many idiots .

  3. Really happy with Moysiah appointment! Already identified what the fans want and the right messaging is coming out of the club. He will put these lazy overpaid primaddonas through the mire and make them run for their wages again!

    Hope he finds a gem in midfield and results pick up. Think we could do with Dunk at CB from Brighton as well.

  4. Need a new energetic midfielder to take over from Nobes. Todd Cantwell 5’10” 21years old England youth player – give us 10 or more years of fight and ability.

  5. What about Breel enbolo at Borussia mouchengladbach : 22 years goal scoring forward midfielder – get him 15 – 20 million – A powerhouse that makes António light weight :

  6. Joe Allen would be ideal for us at the moment.

  7. Reckon this is not the time to start suggesting transfers. .. let’s see how it goes from here .
    As I have said on numerous occasions ; we have the players , it’s now down to Moyes to open the ToolBox and use them in a way that Pelligrini was oblivious to .
    Having said that I would love to see Diangana return . No time for sentiment towards West Brom ,, we are fighting for our lives now and it’s time to get tough .

  8. It’s time to Hammerite the league . I think we shall see a more determined team with a different attitude under Moyes . Well that’s my prayer anyway ! .

  9. Moyes has identified the problem at West Ham !!! , so did the owners David . Welcome back and all the best for the Future .. Get In . Very Happy to see you back . Now go and prove me right Please .

  10. Really one fan saying hope there won’t be too many idiots! Maybe some may be up the backside of these owners and board but were not idiots if that’s what the implication was? As for some saying Joe Allen obviously having a bubble there! We need quality pacey young players coming in otherwise say goodbye to diop rocky Anderson lanzini haller as for sure they want to be in a top side not one that has average players. Noble and snod now past their prime and rice needs a young energetic pacey box to box player alongside him . Another keeper obviously and striker with ajeti Wilshire Sanchez snod all to go and make way for others. Roberto also a big let down but with the board we have and not backing pelle with proper budget and thinking 100mill in two seasons is fine then the main culprits need to sell up and go as they once again show no ambition for a club that’s not just one of the richest in the world but has an enormous fan base that fills no matter what we achieve the stadium every week. Imo

    • Stick to football….general warning – anybody – who accuses this site of being up any ****er’s backside and they are gone. We are simply not ignorant abusers or in anyone’s pay. What the hell good you think your Board Out stance will do beggar’s belief cos they are going nowhere and we all know it. We just happen to be realistic. Just wake up, grow up and smell the coffee. Scuse the language and it’s the only time I’ll use it. But anymore of that and whoever says it is gone

  11. David Moyes is talking like the man he was at Everton, the man that had him lined up as ‘the chosen one’ to take over from their man Alex Ferguson. That’s what we want, that version of Moyes, not the one who left Man United with his confidence in bits, you could see the uncertainty in his eyes that made me feel he was past it, but him talking how he is, is hopeful, good to see. Forget Joe Allen, that’s a backwards step, we have to be looking at Wanyama or Doucoure from Watford. Regardless of availability, that’s the type of player we have to be going for. Nothing less, no Snograsses, no Hugills, no Joe Allen’s!.

  12. David Moyes is a good ‘Ammers appointment for many reasons: Knows the club and its politics, will work the players hard during training sessions, will not allow big headed egos to take control, has a decedent English football record and an eye for a good player or two…COYI.

  13. The real problem positions are in the directors box not on the field.

    Hopefully Moyes finds some answers, Hugh do you what is happening with Maresca who was being touted as a potential manager ?

  14. Some of the moaning and accusations made by some so called fans is beyond me.
    I suppose that’s the problem with the internet, it allows people to spout their bull**** so freely. If you’re going to have a moan up, at least try and base it on the facts. I’m not a board lover by any stretch but I think they have done a reasonable job in the circumstances.
    All the board haters, what do they actually want?
    Most of them are still moaning about the move from Upton Park and they in the very next sentence are complaining about the board having no ambition for progression. WTF! That’s about as big a contradiction possible.
    They ignore the fact that in 2010 we were literally on the verge of bankruptcy and whether you like them or not the Dave’s rescued the club from that prospect. We suffered a relegation shortly after and they did what was needed to get us back in appointing BFS, not a popular choice but it worked with an instant return to the PL. They then listened to the supporters and got rid in pursuit of exciting football and he West Ham Way with Bilic

  15. David Moyes has a massive job on his hands, bigger than last time. We haven’t got a group of players good enough for the PL, maybe 13/14 but the squad as a whole is poor.
    A backbone is needed urgently but unfortunately we are only going to get rinsed in the transfer window as other clubs know what we need.

  16. Agree highly energetic, proven pedigress CDM who has ability to lead & read the game & pass the ball penetratively to get attacks started required to replace Noble alongside Rice. We’ve been lacking in that crucial position since Alex Song’s loan expired years ago.

  17. all the best of luck to david moyes he is going to need it the club needs a proper overall from top to bottom there is something badly wrong with the DNA with in and its has been there for years one descent season every 5 to 10 years may be a cup followed by season on season fighting relegation blimey we had 3 world class players and still could not string more than 2 descent seasons together just take a look at the real top clubs never out side the top half and they won’t accept finishing out the top 6 we will never be a top club until someone can install that ideology

  18. Moyes is highly motivated… Poor old Pelle had gone to graze in China with a successful career behind him when the call came. Kovac or Benitez would have been great but Moyes has a decent win percentage 42% throughout his professional career. He got Diop playing like a Titan and Anderson did well under him. Then there was Arnie. This guy may not be as flash as the ‘next levellers on a limited budget’ want. But he’ll get the most out of what he’s got. Not a bad appointment at all. In 18 months we may be hoping he’s willing to stay…

  19. Win or lose on Wednesday we shall see what kind of team we have ; a motivated or a static one . I think we shall see a motivated one which will give us hope for the second half of the season to at least look like half decent and respectable as a Premieship club .
    Moyes has my 100% backing . And if truth be known the players are probably relieved to see him and will also give thier 100% backing and commitment .

  20. Moyes has already had conversation with bill and ben about the job three weeks ago, so he’ll already know what he wants to change.
    i honestly thought that Rice would go back into central defence with diop leaving to spuds and wanyama coming in as part of the deal + cash to us. But I agree with most young, strong and pacey midfielder.

  21. Kevin..to lose on Thursday is not an option IMO. We need to.start D M ‘s reign of with a win and 3 points how the players achieve this does not concern me too.much coz he will.install fitness.respect and belief in the players in time but needs more than 2 days..I am pretty sure that if the crowd get up.and do our part (as is the norm) then I think we will.get the much needed win..Wins build confidence COYI

  22. Sometimes as fans we want sexy signings when something less sexy is actually very effective – I seem to remember that we were linked with Jonny Evans under BFS and the fans weren’t happy – his performances at Leicester have been really good which shows that fans sometinmes get it wrong

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