Is Emerson David Moyes’s most pointless signing ever after futile display for West Ham vs Everton this afternoon?

The Hammers boss paid £15 million to bring the 29-year-old to the London Stadium from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

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The Italy international hasn’t played too much to be fair, but when David Moyes has given him a chance, he has really flattered to deceive.

He lacks pace or power – two prerequisites for wing-backs in the modern day game. He’ll be 29 before the start of next season as well – hardly the type of ‘Red Bull model’ signing that Moyes has promised us over the past couple of years.

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The early consensus is that Moyes might just have bought a dud. It did seem strange at the time just how keen Chelsea were to get rid of him.

In fairness to the Italian though, Moyes doesn’t seem to understand how wing-backs operate in the modern game.

If you are going to play with wing-backs, your front three need to operate centrally, in order to give the attacking full-backs space to bomb forward into.

Moyes had Said Benrahma hugging the left touchline though. This gave Emerson no space to run in to. So from that perspective, he was rendered entirely redundant.

This afternoon against Everton, Emerson was really poor, despite the fact that the system didn’t really help him…

Is Emerson David Moyes’s most pointless signing ever?

If Moyes won’t use the ex-Chelsea man correctly, he will struggle to ever be a success at the London Stadium.

His display against the Toffees today was utterly futile.

Alex Iwobi gave him nightmares all game and despite the odd foray forward, he was fairly ineffective inside the final third.

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Emerson just seems like a pointless signing to me. The 28-year-old is not a bad footballer, and he possesses decent technique, but he’s just nowhere near what a modern day wing-back should be in my opinion.

The one thing I will say is that he is better than Aaron Cresswell! That’s not saying much though is it.

If Moyes is given the chance to see out the rest of the season, and he really wants to take West Ham forward, he needs to massively upgrade upon his full-back department.

Unless something drastic happens, I just can’t see the Italian left-back ever succeeding in East London.

So it begs the question – Is Emerson David Moyes’s most pointless signing ever? There have been plenty of candidates including the likes of Jordan Hugill and Nikola Vlasic. The 28-year-old could well take the biscuit though.

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