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What David Moyes Needs to Address on His Return to West Ham

As he prepares to take the job of steering West Ham United away from the Premier League relegation zone once again, David Moyes inherits a similar situation to that which he faced some two years ago.

A high-profile foreign manager with a working knowledge of English football just couldn’t revive the club’s fortunes despite backing by the Hammers hierarchy in the transfer market.


Moyes kept West Ham afloat in the 2017-18 campaign, but his contract wasn’t renewed at the end of the season. The club wanted to move in a different direction, but that path has led them back round to familiar territory.
As under Slaven Bilic, the Hammers have underachieved during Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure. The massive spending – amounting to around £170,000,000 in his 18 months in charge – hasn’t brought about the desired improvement.

West Ham end 2019 just one point and a place above the bottom three with bookmakers like bet365 putting them at 5/2 in their football betting on Premier League relegation yet they are odds-on to stay up. Moyes doesn’t have a flawless record as Sunderland went down on his watch, but he has survived the drop with this particular team before.

The mystery of the Hammers’ poor home record since leaving Upton Park for the London Stadium is one a succession of managers has struggled to crack. Conceding the first goal in three of their last four home games of 2019 is hardly a recipe for success.

Worse still, West Ham have surrendered eight points from winning positions during the final 10 matches of the year. Their last two victories have been on the road – over relegation rivals Southampton and across London at Chelsea – with no home win after 22 September.


Injury to first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the following Premier League game proved to be a turning point in the season. One that has definitely been for the worse as the Hammers have kept two clean sheets for the rest of the calendar year without him.

They also let in three goals in three of their final four home games. West Ham have at least scored in every match on their own patch this season since the opening day, but rather more than five Premier League goals spaced out through the first half of the campaign was hoped for from record signing Sebastien Haller.

Eighty per cent of those strikes so far have contributed to wins. Haller needs to do a lot more under Moyes to justify the £45,000,000 price tag, but there’s also an onus on those supposed to be supplying him with ammunition.

A supporting cast that includes Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko, Moyes’ fellow Scot Robert Snodgrass, Manuel Lanzini who continues to struggle for fitness, Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson all need to up their game.

The new Hammers boss not only needs to get more from his forwards and tighten up the defence, but there’s the enigmatic Jack Wilshere in midfield. Can Moyes revive his career and pair him with the likes of West Ham captain Mark Noble and England prospect Declan Rice?

There is plenty for Moyes to do as he sets out on another rescue mission.

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