West Ham boss David Moyes sat down for an exclusive interview with Sky Sports yesterday, and seemed to drop a transfer hint by name dropping Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek when discussing future new arrivals at the London Stadium.
The Hammers signed Bowen, 23, in January from Hull City for £22 million (The Guardian).
And they added Soucek, 25, to their ranks as well. The Czech joined on loan, but West Ham have the option to make the deal a permanent one for another £13.5 million IF they remain in the Premier League this season (The Guardian).
Moyes told reporters in January that he plans to sign young and hungry players in future, in an effort to bring an end to the days of older stars who are well past their best arriving in east London for one final pay-day, as quoted by the Guardian:
“We didn’t have much to spend at Everton and my idea was always to bring players in with resale value that I could sell back into the market. I want to stop the idea that always what we’re doing is just buying someone to fill the gap. I want it to be the vision for the club that we are looking to bring in young, attractive and hungry players who are saying: ‘We are going to make West Ham better.’ Whatever is said in the accounts, I am telling you what my vision is.”
And the additions of Bowen and Soucek (hopefully on a permanent basis) is an impressive start.
Youth is the way forward for West Ham
The 57-year-old Scot reiterated his desire to add more talented youth to his ranks this summer, when speaking exclusively to Sky Sports yesterday:
“In January, the club brought in Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek and I feel as if we’re trying to go in the direction where we want to bring in young, hungry players who we feel can improve and grow the club. That’s the direction we are trying to go in. The biggest thing for me is a club like West Ham can do far, far better. I believe that I can put the club in the right direction and get it in the right place.”
Moyes has made it clear now in no uncertain terms where he wants to take the club.
And he is spot on. That is exactly the route West Ham should be heading. But whether he gets the backing required from David Sullivan and David Gold this summer is another matter entirely.
It also has to be questioned whether the Scot is the right man to take the Hammers forward. Many fans would say that he most definitely isn’t.
We will just have to wait and see. Because if West Ham stay up this season, Moyes will almost certainly be in charge at the London Stadium next term.