Stuart Pearce suggested that West Ham boss David Moyes wanted a squad of 20 outfield players and the goalkeeping situation to be sorted by the end of the summer transfer window when speaking to reporters last night.
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The Hammers boss has a really good squad at his disposal at the London Stadium now.
Last night’s win against Manchester United with our second string team proves that.
West Ham lost Fabian Balbuena, Xande Silva and Felipe Anderson in the summer. Meanwhile, Conor Coventry and Frederik Alves left on season long loans.
On top of that, Jesse Lingard returned to Manchester United after his loan spell with the Hammers.
To counter that, Moyes brought in Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, Alex Kral and Nikola Vlasic.
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Most West Ham fans were pleased with Moyes’s summer business. Some wanted more, however.
Stuart Pearce insisted that the Scot only wanted 20 outfield players, however, as quoted by Football.London:
“I think in the summer, David wanted probably 20 outfield players and the goalkeeping situation to be solid, I think we’ve got that. We’ve got competition for places. I think at this moment in time, you know, bear in mind we had Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice on the outside and a lot of changes within our ranks there’s competition for places here real bright togetherness and I think we’ve almost got the mentality of the top teams if I’m being honest.”
The goalkeeping situation certainly looks well covered now. Areola was brilliant at Old Trafford last night.
Meanwhile, we have nine defenders, six midfielders and five attackers. So it seems as though Moyes got what he wanted in the summer.
The only thing missing is a direct replacement for Michail Antonio.
Hopefully Moyes can address that particular issue in the summer.