Declan Rice made some comments about the West Ham squad after the game against Eintracht Frankfurt last night.
The Hammers were dumped out of the Europa League by Frankfurt at the semi-final stage at Deutsche Bank Park.
It has been a great campaign for West Ham on the continent but in the end we fell just short.
David Moyes has done a fantastic job at at the London Stadium but questions must be asked about his failure to sign anyone in January.
The lack of any new additions cost us in the end, surely it did. Moyes has always said that he likes a small squad though, that’s the problem.
And Declan Rice’s comments after last night’s defeat to the German side were very interesting to hear, especially when Moyes’s previous admissions on squad size are taken into context…
Declan Rice comments after Frankfurt defeat directly contradict Moyes
The 23-year-old has been magnificent for the Hammers this season both domestically and on the continent.
West Ham definitely do rely on Dec far too much though.
It’s a shame that a couple more top-class players were not added to the squad either last summer or in January.
Rice spoke to a BT reporter after the game last night and admitted that the size of the Hammers’ squad ended up costing them:
“We’re not the biggest of squads, to keep playing week in week out… over 50 games a season.”
But Moyes likes a small squad!
There is obviously a big difference in opinions there between the player and manager. And we tend to side with Rice.
The game has evolved massively over the past decade or so. Athleticism, power and pace is now more important than ever in the Premier League.
The physical demands on the players and the intensity of elite level football means that the same group of players cannot be expected to play week in, week out for an entire season. And that’s exactly what’s happened at West Ham this term.
Hopefully the Declan Rice comments after the Frankfurt defeat will strike a chord with Moyes. Because a truly huge overhaul is needed at the London Stadium this summer.