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3 winners and 3 losers from West Ham United's pre-season

West Ham have been mightily impressive during our pre-season warm-up games so far.

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The only problem is that the Hammers’ performances have masked the need for new signings.

Hopefully David Moyes will keep pushing the board to bring in the players we need.

That’s a topic for another day, however.

West Ham United’s pre-season has seen some players excel and some struggle Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


For now let’s look at who has flourished and who has suffered during our pre-season campaign so far.

West Ham United’s pre-season: 3 winners and 3 losers

Said Benrahma

The talented Algerian has displayed moments of brilliance during our last three games.

The 25-year-old has scored two great goals and looks like he is well up for the Premier League season ahead. And more importantly, it seems as though Moyes is ready to give Benrahma a key role.

Armstrong Okoflex

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The 19-year-old arrived from Celtic this summer and what a huge impression he has made already.

Okoflex impressed for the senior side against his former club Celtic and has been in fine form for the under-23’s as well. Keep a close eye on this talented young man, Moyes may well use him fairly regularly this season.

Pierre Ekwah Elimby

The teenage midfield sensation recently arrived from Chelsea and he has already proved that he has what it takes to make a difference for West Ham this season.

He is energetic, dynamic and brings a real kind of athleticism to the engine room for the Hammers. This pre-season was a big one for Elimby. The 19-year-old was originally pencilled in for regular youth action but perhaps now Moyes sees him as a member of the first-team squad.

Three player’s who’ve struggled…

Mipo Odubeko

The young striker was given a chance in our early pre-season games but he hasn’t featured since the Reading game.

Mipo failed to score any goals either and it seems as though this season may well come too soon for him. Perhaps a loan move away from the London Stadium is what he needs but only if Moyes bringing in one or two strikers before the transfer deadline.

Nathan Holland

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This was a vitally important pre-season for Holland. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, however, he failed to deliver.

He has now been shipped out on loan to Oxford United and with just one year left on his deal at the London Stadium, his future with West Ham seems bleak.

Ryan Fredericks

The right-back is out of contract at the London Stadium next summer and he hasn’t really done himself any favours during pre-season.

If Moyes is looking to scrap together some funds, the 28-year-old ex-Fulham man is a prime candidate for the chop.

West Ham are well covered at right-back with Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson whilst Craig Dawson can fill in there when needed.

It would not be a surprise at all if Fredericks was moved on this summer.

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