West Ham’s Win Exposes Depth Issues


West Ham’s dramatic comeback against Wolves may have secured three points, but it exposed a deeper concern: a lack of trust in squad depth. Manager David Moyes deserves credit for making crucial changes at halftime, but his post-match comments suggest a team divided between starters and forgotten reserves.

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Moyes lack of faith in depth of squad

The first half performance was a horror show. Facing a depleted Wolves side, West Ham‘s team selection, tactics, and evident fatigue resulted in a deserved deficit. The contrast with the second half, fueled by substitutions and a tactical shift, couldn’t be starker.

Michail Antonio, Ben Johnson, and Aaron Cresswell were revelations after coming on. Their hunger and impact were undeniable, and Moyes used their performance to send a clear message to the established starters: their places are not guaranteed. This public shaming, while effective in the short term, raises questions about team morale and the overall squad dynamic.

Moyes’ own admission of not considering rotation before the game is baffling. The entire season has seen a reluctance to utilise the full squad, despite a demanding fixture schedule. The success of the substitutes against Wolves is a glaring example of what could have been achieved with a more proactive approach.

West Ham fans can only hope this win serves as a wake-up call for Moyes. The squad possesses depth and talent, but it needs to be utilised effectively. Over-reliance on a core group risks fatigue and missed opportunities.

The victory over Wolves was a win, but the real test for Moyes is whether he can learn from it. Building a cohesive team that utilises its full potential is crucial for West Ham’s continued success.

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  • Zahama says:

    I feel that one of the most valid criticisms of Moyes is just that – he does not trust his bench. It seems that Ben Johnson was dumped after being torn apart vs Brighton by Mitoma – he was not the first and will not be the last player Mitoma deals with like that. Thilo Kehrer had a bit of a mare at left back in the Europa league and then disappeared – whereas his pace could usefully complement Dinos aerial prowess. Alex Kral and Issa Diop disappeared after playing badly in the FA cup on a non league ground. So please Mr Moyes – players do sometimes have bad games!

    As far as Ben Johnson is concerned we will certainly miss him when he leaves – it is up to Moyes to give him a run of games but I am not sure who decides on what salary he is worth – Moyes, Steidten or Sullivan – whoever it is just pay him the 50K – we need him at West Ham

    P.S. Thank you Gonzo – I am now able to post comments again – teh new system works a treat

  • Jj says:

    Are you serious only just seeing this ? ..we have o ly had a decent 11to 15 players for years …thsts his problem..he wants to play the same 11 every week …he has no idea of squad depth …its been like this for the last 2_3 years..not replacing strikers is the main. One..out first 11 is great …but just lookat the results when no bowen kudos and paq … so many good players we have missed out on because of his dithering

  • Anonymous says:

    Plus he just won’t play some players . Cornet for one ..and now he will let Ben go over a misely 50k ….the bloke is awful at transfer business.. sooner steidn takes over the better

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