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Moyes no doubt shares winter window frustration


By CandH’s top blogger Allen Cummings


I don’t want what has been an amazing season so far for West Ham as a club and us as supporters to go out with a whimper. No-one does.

The way in which David Moyes has navigated the team through to the last 16 of the Europa League, the competitive edge he has instilled in his side to muscle our way past some of the so-called ‘big boys’ to sit proudly in fifth place in the best league in the world has been superb.

Then there are the scalps we have picked up on the way to the quarter final stage of the Carabao Cup – and the fact we have a very real chance of advancing to the fifth round of the grand old FA Cup.

All those achievements are testimony to the outstanding job Moyes and his team – both on and off the pitch – have done so far.

The backing the hierarchy showed to the manager with his summer additions of Kurt Zouma £31m, Nikola Vlasic £27m, Craig Dawson £2m – plus loan deals for Alphonse Areola £1.8m and Alex Kral £4.6m (figures transfermarkt) underlined a genuine intent to advance the club.

That there haven’t been any further additions during the January transfer window is something of a frustration to us all – and David Moyes himself is no doubt included in that.

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If we are to believe what we have read, day after day, it isn’t for the want of trying. How many players have we been informed we are ‘trailing’, ‘monitoring’ and all the rest of the rhetoric. I’ve lost count – not to mention lost interest.

What I know for a fact is there are no new faces at the London Stadium – yet! Whether that will change by 11.59pm on Monday is anyone’s guess.  I much prefer the Moyes’ tight-lipped approach.

The fact of the matter is when the window closes we will have 15 Premier League games left to play – eight at home and seven away – plus an indeterminate number of Europa League and FA Cup games to negotiate.

It may be we will have to deal with that workload with exactly the same set of players who have worked so hard to get us this far.

It will be tough, of course it will – but hasn’t it been tough already with the injuries we’ve had to a number of key players – plus the horrendous fixture pile-up we were handed over the past two months.

The side has shown a resilience many believe, me included, has never been seen at our club before. Who can recall when West Ham had already banished any thought or fear of relegation at this stage of the season? But that’s not enough – nor should it be.

What our final destiny will be this season no-one knows. But we’ve supported Moyes and the team to the full so far. I see no sense in having a go at the manager He doesn’t deserve that in my book.

In Moyes we trust – because he’s done pretty well so far.

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4 comments on “Moyes no doubt shares winter window frustration

  1. You only need to look at the media commentaries to see that very little business is being done by anyone so far. Even Newcastle with all their new found wealth are finding it difficult. The constant criticism from some of our more impatient supporters doesn’t help. They need to be careful what you wish for if we end signing players who crowd the bench and do not enhance the team.

  2. This is a ridiculous excuse. Other Teams would have made their enquiries about Players before the January window. West Ham and their Manager have had literally months to make contact with potential buys and their Clubs. West Ham had no intention of spending a lot of money. Fair enough. However, there were Players of International quality priced fairly low. Yet still they don’t want to know. Well if they fail in everything and make excuses. Quite frankly they will not wash and I am not interested.

  3. Totally agree with Budgie.

  4. If I was Moyes I would also be aware that I have a lot of very promising u23 players and any new player brought in would be blocking their path to the first team. You can’t have it both ways you see. You can’t argue that young players are not getting opportunities in the first team and then at the same time complain that we haven’t brought in any new big name signings. In the last few years Moyes has blooded more youngsters than I can ever remember, giving something like 12 academy graduates their first-team debut. If any of them are capable of progressing at the highest level as did Declan Rice and Ben Johnson the we have to be very careful about how many new players we buy. We also have to be careful new signings are of the right character and personality to fit in with the squad where the camaraderie and team spirit I heard Stuart Pearce say recently, is the best he’s ever known. On top of that we are in a very difficult window at the moment where even teams like Tottenham and Arsenal are struggling to get the players they want. I think personally Moyes is doing a brilliant job and I’m happy to be patient. If we can’t get the signings we want of sufficient quality to be better than what we’ve already got, or at least the potential to be better if they are young players, then I’d rather we didn’t sign anyone and saved our money until the summer.

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