Joe Cole has admitted that he likes the sound of David Moyes suggesting that he wants to implement RB Leipzig’s style and philosophy at West Ham, when speaking with the Mirror.
Moyes took charge of the Hammers for the second time in December 2019 when David Sullivan and David Gold parted company with Manuel Pellegrini.
Unfortunately for the Scot and the club’s fans, however, he has failed to make much of an impact at the London Stadium.
The Hammers are still deeply entrenched in a relegation battle.
Things are looking a lot brighter after Wednesday night’s win over Chelsea, however. The east London outfit have a great chance to put some real distance between themselves and the bottom three with a win away at Newcastle today.
Especially with Bournemouth and Watford losing yesterday.
Many West Ham fans believe that Moyes is a dinosaur who can no longer mix it at elite level football.
It could also be argued, however, that the 57-year-old inherited a complete mess of a football club when he took over six months ago.
Perhaps there is just too much to fix in half a season.
Too harsh to pass judgement just yet?
If given time, perhaps Moyes could turn the Hammers’ fortunes around.
Cole believes that is certainly a possibility.
The West Ham legend told the Mirror that he is very impressed with the Scot’s vision for the club:
“Talking to David and listening to him about his experience going over to RB Leipzig. He’s returned to football with a renewed vigour – and I like what he’s saying. If the club use the Leipzig model, where they bring in young, hungry players, and if they play the high-intensity football West Ham fans like, then I like that. If West Ham can stay up and David gets the chance to develop his ideas that would be fantastic. And if fans understand that model and it’s presented to them the right way, they’ll support it. If anyone does their homework on Leipzig it’s a fantastic model. And I like the fact that David is talking like that.”
New vision, fresh ideas
If West Ham were to stay up this season, they could make genuine progress as a club next season. Especially if the owners truly believe in Moyes’s vision.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss has made it clear on numerous occasions that he wants to bring young, hungry and athletic players to the London Stadium over the next few transfer windows.
And if that does happen, the Hammers will be able to play a completely different style of energetic, high-octane football. That would surely appeal to the London Stadium faithful.
There will be plenty of people out there who think Moyes still isn’t the man to take West Ham forward, however, despite what the Scot says.
But Joe Cole’s comments might just open up the minds of some of Moyes’s doubters.