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West Ham boss David Moyes could use these five players in completely different positions

West Ham boss David Moyes is expected to be a busy man in the transfer market this summer.

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The problem for the Scot, however, is that funds are tight at the London Stadium (Claret and Hugh).

And the Hammers boss arguably needs to bring in at least five or six players in order to make us competitive.

There is no way that the West Ham manager will be signing that many players, however.


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Moyes is well known for liking a small squad to choose from in order to keep team spirit high.

So if the Hammers do sign just two or three players, we will need some of our current stars to be more flexible next season.

West Ham players David Moyes could use in other positions

Issa Diop – CDM

The 24-year-old is a centre-back by trade. He seems to lack the positional awareness and decision making ability to go on and become a top class central defender, however.

What he does have though is tremendous energy and athleticism. He is tailor made for the defensive midfield role. The former Toulouse ace has a similar physique to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. And we think Moyes needs to try Diop out as a CDM during pre-season.

Ryan Fredericks – RW

The 28-year-old has been criticised regularly since joining West Ham on a free transfer. He is a very average defender at the end of the day.

What the former Fulham man does have, however, is exceptional pace. He could be used as an auxiliary right winger by Moyes. Not just as a defensive winger, much like he was used away at Aston Villa last season, but as a proper winger.

Fredericks obviously wouldn’t be a regular starter in that position but he could be someone Moyes brings on in the last 20 minutes in order to stretch the opposition.

Manuel Lanzini – DLP

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The Argentinian ace impressed during his appearance in the deep lying midfield role away at Burnley last season. And this should be something Moyes looks to implement on the regular next term.

The 28-year-old is great on the ball and if he is deployed as a DLP, West Ham will have greater and more effective possession throughout games.

Jarrod Bowen – CF

The 24-year-old has been a big hit at the London Stadium since joining from Hull City 18 months ago.

One problem Bowen has is that he seems to hug the right hand touchline far too much before cutting inside onto his left foot. His playing style has become far too predictable. How about we mix things up?

The former Hull ace is more than apt at playing as a centre-forward, making probing runs in behind the opposition’s defence.

Moyes is likely to sign just one striker this summer, so having Bowen as another option through the middle could be crucial.

Said Benrahma – DLF

The Algerian wizard struggled during his debut campaign with West Ham.

When given a chance last season, the 25-year-old did impress but he just wasn’t consistent enough.

Perhaps a new role is required for Benrahma. His ability on the ball is second to none. And with that in mind, perhaps he could operate as a deep-lying forward or a ‘false nine’. The Algerian playing in that role would enable Moyes to play with more variation in attack.

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And when we come up against the better teams, it may be wise to pair him up top with Michail Antonio in order to improve our ball retention when we are under the cosh.

These are all interesting options for David Moyes to consider. Whether he will actually implement any of them remains to be seen, however.

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