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Striker Recruitment – Trust in Moyes



Blind Hammer appeals for more trust in Moyes

Moyes has come under attack , for not pulling a striker target out of the transfer rabbit hat.

This criticism is driven by concern about not just Antonio’s but Yarmolenko’s injury fragility.
It is blindingly obvious that we need a backup striker.

What I find odd is that we credit Moyes with orchestrating a sophisticated and transformational tactical revolution, not seen at West Ham for a generation, yet believe he lacks the basic intelligence to understand we need a striker.
I don’t believe this for a minute.

Moyes is orchestrating a squad with goals in it. Moyes himself dismissed the goals scored in pre-season, including the spectacular 6 against Celtic. yet in the first competitive week of the season the senior side scored 4, and the development squad 6. This is not a club beset by a goal drought.

Our memories are ridiculously short.

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There was a similar, almost hysterical, cascade of criticism against both Moyes and the board just a few months ago, last January for not grabbing a striker. Then the greatest anger was targeted at the failure to sign Josh King from Bournemouth.

Moyes believed then that the signing of King would represent a waste of money, he believed he had better options in the squad, including, at the time, Lingard. He is saying something similar now. For Lingard now read Saïd Benrahma.

Moyes has said he would like Lingard back but if Lingard does not want to come, or United not want to sell what else can he do? Some of the wage demands quoted not just for striker but defensive targets are also potentially destructive of the dressing room unity Moyes and his coaching team have carefully created. Lurching out to recruit someone on inflated wages would not be worth this risk.

Moyes is definitely not stupid, or stubborn. I backed Moyes in January when I wrote a blog “cheering his lack of a striker recruitment from the rooftops”. What we are seeing is a groundhog day from January. Then he insisted on not wasting money on a striker who was simply not available for West Ham.

In January I posted a list which really revealed the true lack of intelligence in striker recruitment at West Ham.
It revealed a club buckling under pressure to appease fans over the last decade.

West Ham have wasted millions on striker recruits, counting 48 mostly dud strikers since 2010.
Most of them you would struggle to recall.

This is a colossal and scandalous waste of money. Moyes is determined not to repeat the mistake of Jordan Hugill .

I credit Moyes with more intelligence than others are currently giving him. If a striker becomes available at a price that the club can afford, and at wages that do not disrupt the dressing room I am sure he will go for it.

In January I pointed out the real lack of intelligence in the past lousy record of failed striker recruitment at West Ham. I make no apologies for repeating this list here.

If Moyes had buckled to fan pressure in January we would now be adding Josh King to this rogues gallery.

Mido (Loan from Middlesbrough, February 2010)
Ilan (Free from Saint-Etienne, February 2010)
Benni McCarthy (Undisclosed from Blackburn Rovers, February 2010)
Robbie Keane (Loan from Tottenham Hotspur, January 2011)
Joe Dixon (Unattached, January 2012)
Marouane Chamakh (Loan from Arsenal, January 2013)
Wellington Paulista (Loan from Cruzeiro, January 2013)
Sean Maguire (Undisclosed from Waterford United, January 2013)
Marco Borriello (Loan from Roma, January 2014)
Jaanai Gordon (Undisclosed from Peterborough United, January 2014)
Nene (Unattached, February 2015)
Emmanuel Emenike (Loan from Fenerbahce, January 2016)
Jordan Hugill (£10m from Preston North End, January 2018)
Mesaque Dju (Free from Benfica, January 2019)
Frederic Piquionne (Undisclosed from Lyon, July 2010)
Victor Obinna (Loan from Internazionale, August 2010)
Pablo Barrera (£4m from Pumas UNAM, July 2010)
Brian Montenegro (Loan from Deportivo Maldonado, August 2011)
Modibo Maiga (£4.7m from Sochaux, July 2012)
Mladen Petric (Unattached, September 2013)
Mauro Zarate (Undisclosed from Velez Sarsfield, May 2014)
Nikica Jelavic (£3m from Hull City, September 2015)
Luka Belic (Free from OFK Beograd, September 2015)
Ashley Fletcher (Free from Manchester United, July 2016)
Simone Zaza (Loan from Juventus, August 2016)
Jonathan Calleri (Loan from Deportivo Maldonado, August 2016)
Lucas Perez (£4m from Arsenal, August 2018)
Albian Ajeti (£8m from Basel, August 2019)

In Moyes we should trust.

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About David Griffith

My Father, born in 1891 was brought up in the shadows of the Thames Ironworks Memorial Ground. I remember as a child jumping over the settee when Alan Sealy scored in our 1965 European Cup Winners triumph. My first game was against Leicester in 1968, when Martin Peters scored what was adjudged by ITV’s Big Match as the Goal of the Season. I became a season ticket holder in 1970. I was registered blind in 1986 and thought my West Ham supporting days were over. However in 2010 I learnt about the fantastic support West Ham offer to Blind and other Disabled Supporters. I now use the Insightful Irons in-stadium commentary service and West Ham provide space for my Guide Dog Nyle. I sit on the West Ham Disabled Supporters Board and the LLDC Built Environment Access Panel. David Griffith aka Blind Hammer

5 comments on “Striker Recruitment – Trust in Moyes

  1. Absolutely sensible post on Moyes player recruitment at last.

  2. At last, somebody talking sense. Moyes saved us from certain relegation twice. He has built the most exciting and successful team we have seen since the mid-80s. Last season, even when Antonio was injured we had no problem scoring goals. The problem was at the other end of the pitch. Most of the people moaning about us not having signed a striker (usually one they have never seen playing except in a YouTube highlights video, probably made by his agent) will also be the first people to moan if we sign someone for big money on big wages who turns out to be useless, like Haller. Moyes will only sign the right player at the right price (like Soucek, Coufal, Bowen and Benrahma). We’ve had a brilliant start to the season, and the club feels more united than it has been for years, thanks to Moyes and his brilliant coaching team. Please don’t undermine that unity by criticising the best manager we’ve had since John Lyall, and maybe the best manager we’ve ever had. COYI!

  3. I totally understand the article and I do 100% agree that we should only buy players who will improve us. But the problem I have with this article is that we have known since Jan that we needed a top striker, we have known since May that we needed a CB and a replacement for Lingard but there has been no forward planning – this is what the fans are annoyed about, if we had done our business early and secured the proper players we would not be in this mess. I also feel its a little wrong to be saying we need a back up striker, as we don’t. We need another striker who can compete with Antonio who is as good or better. I would prefer we bought a player who can play in the same team as Antonio i.e. who is versatile enough to play up top or wide right for example.

    • We are NOT in a mess! The right player/s have not come up yet for Moyes or are not available or are too expensive, just chill out & let the man that knows do his job.

    • Absolutely agree. All is fine apart from the apparent lack of forward planning. Less than two weeks to go we should not under any circumstances be in this position. Should at least have met some of the so called objectives.

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