Wingers to strikers? Moyes policy isn’t the best


David Moyes‘ is making a habit of a policy towards finding strikers and although it has worked for a period it certainly isn’t ideal to convert natural wingers into front men. We saw it with Arnautovic, then Antonio and now, a player selected for England as abilities as a winger in Jarrod Bowen, is seen as the answer to the club’s central striking problems. Without offering a history lesson, the Moyes years in management haven’t been marked by great strikers and certainly not at West Ham. Currently the Moyes policy isn’t the best!

Wingers to strikers: Currently the Moyes policy isn’t the best: Jarrod Bowen

Jordan Hugill and Danny Ings are not the stuff of which dreams are made in that department and it’s more than a bit worrying where we are going from here. It has been said several times that we are a better team with Bowen out wide yet there is no suggestion at all from the manager that a striker will be on his way in at a time when he is telling Divin Mubama to sign a new deal and blaming agents for steering him away from the club.

Yet, let’s be honest is there any good reason why the kid should put pen to paper when so far – if memory serves – he has seen about 29 minutes of action in the first team this season. Ok, so other youngsters have hardly advanced themselves when leaving the club but that Moyes is moaning about Divin wanting a move suggests he is a prospect. So come onman give the kid a chance. It is  possible the manager won’t be around next summer and it will be left to someone else to find a striker. In the meantime could the teenager be any worse than Antonio and Ings. I think not!

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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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  • hammerpete6 says:

    Well summed up for me. Not only has his tinkering been marginal, he ignores players on the strength of their out of position performances, and he signs strikers who cannot play the way he wants – why?

  • brooksy says:

    No wonder divin isn’t signing a contract(yes you can blame agents) but he has to sit on the bench and watch the woeful Antonio and ings who are not scoring or wingers played in his position. Must be hard wondering why he doesn’t get the chance to prove himself. I think he has been around the first team long enough now to understand his team mates and be given the opportunity.

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