A Sky Sports relegation analysis report has made a damning claim that David Moyes has lost his essence at West Ham.
Wednesday night’s disappointing 2-2 draw at Leeds was West Ham’s first point in six games.
But the 17th placed Hammers were only kept out of the relegation zone by Danny Ings’ late equaliser for Aston Villa against Wolves.
David Moyes has declared that his West Ham team were still aiming to compete for the European places (WHUTV).
But the reality is looking very different indeed with a massive 10-point gap opening up between West Ham and midtable, let alone the European mix.
Moyes is a man under pressure at West Ham and is reportedly facing the axe unless he starts to turn the season around.
The Hammers have an awful scoring record this season and while Gianluca Scamacca’s strike at Leeds was excellent, both goals were the result of mistakes by the opposition rather than West Ham build-up play.
And West Ham have started to concede goals with worrying regularity – shipping at least two goals in each of their last six matches.
The east Londoners look a shadow of the team which finished seventh and sixth in the last two campaigns.
Now a Sky Sports relegation report has made a damning claim that Moyes has lost his essence at West Ham.
And the report claims West Ham no longer look like a typical Moyes team as they sleepwalk towards relegation.
“David Moyes is a defence-first type of manager, always has been, always will be,” Sky Sports reports.
“He builds solid foundations and adds creative spark in key areas to win games. It’s what has made West Ham the force they have been for the last two years.
“However, this West Ham side does not look like a Moyes team. It ships goals at an alarming rate. The 2-2 draw with Leeds means the Hammers have now conceded two or more goals in all their last six games in all competitions.
“Opposition teams do not have to work hard to create big chances.”
The point at Leeds was a strange one. In some ways – after having a rare lead – it felt like two points dropped for West Ham. But the reality is Leeds could easily have won the match and left the Hammers even deeper in the mire.
A point at least stops the rot. Now, results against Wolves and Everton will be crucial with a tough run of matches to follow thereafter.