Match of the Day pundit Martin Keown has highlighted why West Ham United are proving such a threat this season under David Moyes.
The Hammers have made their best start to a top flight season for 35 years after the 2-1 win over West Brom on Tuesday night.
West Ham’s defence has been imperious of late. And it has needed to be with the forward line not firing as it was earlier on in the season.
West Ham’s stuttering attack shows signs of getting back to its best after Antonio return
But for spells against the Baggies, Moyes’s side looked like they were getting back to their attacking best with Michail Antonio leading the line once more.
That was reflected by the scoresheet too as both Jarrod Bowen and Antonio notched.
There have been concerns, particularly when Sebastien Haller was playing the lone striker role, that West Ham’s main forward is too isolated.
Keown spots clever Moyes tactic which makes West Ham’s attack so difficult to play against
But speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day on Wednesday night, pundit Martin Keown spotted a clever Moyes tactic he believes makes facing West Ham’s attack of Antonio, Bowen and Said Benrahma is so difficult for the opposition.
“They do it with both wide players, Benrahma played on the left on this occasion, but Bowen – another player from the EFL, Moyes is not afraid to buy players from that league – he plays really centrally (at times) and it’s difficult to pick up,” Keown said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
“It allows the full-backs, as you see both sides, the full-backs get forward and Coufal (has space), what about this for a ball and then there’s Bowen in the box to finish off.
‘It’s absolutely incredible’
“And that’s no coincidence because that’s a part of what David Moyes wants to do now, when you play against him both wingers will come centrally and it’s really difficult to play against…
“They’re only two points behind Liverpool, it’s absolutely incredible.”
Keown makes a salient point and it was also true for the winning goal when substitute Andriy Yarmolenko came centrally to head the ball back for Antonio score.
Long may it continue.