There will be no excuses for David Moyes over a West Ham turnaround after the World Cup break suggests Sky Sports ITK Dharmesh Sheth.
Moyes will find himself under huge pressure at West Ham again after the World Cup break as a result of a woeful Premier League campaign so far compared to the last two seasons.
The Hammers are just one point off the bottom three approaching the halfway stage of the season.
And things don’t get any easier after the break with a trip to league leaders Arsenal in the first game back.
West Ham’s owners have publicly backed Moyes off the back of the remarkable turnaround he has overseen in east London.
After keeping West Ham up for the second time when he returned to the London Stadium at the turn of the year in 2020, the Scot led the club to their highest ever Premier League points total of 65 the following season.
West Ham missed out on a Champions League spot by a solitary win that season and finished sixth.
Last term saw a seventh place finish which secured European qualification – and indeed now last 16 European knockout football – in consecutive seasons for the first time in the club’s existence.
They are – justifiably – the reasons Moyes has been publicly backed by West Ham’s majority stakeholder David Sullivan to turn things around after the World Cup break.
But tensions are high given the context. The poor Premier League campaign comes against the backdrop of having spent a whopping £170m on eight new players in the summer.
The Hammers are two places and one point above the bottom three and have scored just 12 goals all season – the joint second worst in the top flight. And West Ham have also been sent crashing out of the League Cup at the first hurdle to Blackburn’s reserves.
The Hammers malaise is not new this season either. Moyes has overseen just 13 Premier League wins in West Ham’s last 42 games.
Moyes had warned this season could be one of adjustment for West Ham having made so many signings. He has pleaded for time and patience to get his new-look side gelling. But many are fed up with his negative, risk averse approach.
Injuries to £47.5m new boys Nayef Aguerd (£30m) and Maxwel Cornet (£17.5m) have not helped when it comes to Moyes working out his best, most cohesive side.
But both players – bar any setbacks – will be fit and ready to go when the Premier League resumes.
The break gives Moyes time to work on his system, tactics and with several of his new arrivals who are not in Qatar.
So there will be no excuses for Moyes over a West Ham turnaround after the World Cup break suggests Sky Sports ITK Dharmesh Sheth.
Sheth showed he has his excellent West Ham contacts by being first with several Hammers transfer stories during the summer.
And he told Give Me Sport that the heat will be on Moyes after the break as it has taken away his biggest excuse.
“They gave him all of this money and David Moyes whenever you hear him in news conferences, yes, he’s getting a lot of criticism from the fans, but he will always say, look, these are new players, a lot of them come from abroad and from different leagues, they just need time to settle down,” Sheth told Give Me Sport.
“Now I just wonder, whether he’ll be able to use this break and whether the players that have remained and haven’t gone to the World Cup, he can work with them in this five-six-week period, to get them ready for the second half of the season.”
Sheth makes a salient point.
And Moyes should not be fooled into thinking the pressure has been alleviated because of the World Cup shutdown.
It will be back on and then some as we build up towards that huge match on Boxing Day.