Two West Ham United players were trying to leave in the summer, but now they’re going to be absolutely vital for us.

The summer transfer window was an extremely busy one for West Ham boss David Moyes, with five new players arriving at the London Stadium – Andy Irvine included – and five leaving.

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However, two Hammers players who wanted to leave the London Stadium actually ended up staying.

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Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio may well now have key roles to play for West Ham this season.

The 33-year-old left-back was really pushing for a move to Wolves (Football London), but that failed to materialise in the end.

And the Jamaica international was in the same boat, with the Black Country outfit chasing his signature as well (Daily Mail).

Two players who tried to leave West Ham this summer will now be vital for David Moyes this season

Cresswell will most likely be used in the cup competitions this season as backup for Emerson Palmieri.

Meanwhile, Antonio is now our number one striker after Gianluca Scamacca was sold to Atalanta.

Quite the turnaround eh!

Two players who tried to leave West Ham this summer will now be vital for David Moyes this season
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With so many games coming thick and fast for the Hammers this season, Moyes will have to lean into his squad.

The experience of Cresswell and Antonio will be vitally important for West Ham this season, as we try to navigate four separate competitions.

The Hammers have made a fantastic start to the 2023/24 Premier League campaign. There is a real feel-good factor emanating from the London Stadium, with all of our new signings looking like fantastic additions.

Strangely though, it may well be two of our most experienced old heads who end up being key players for us this season.

Cresswell and Antonio may have wanted to leave in the summer, but Moyes will now have to rely upon both of them.


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