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Shocking West Ham XI from David Moyes' 1st game in charge in 2019 proves how far we've come

The West Ham XI from David Moyes’ 1st game in charge highlights just how much good work the Scot has done during his time in charge at the London Stadium.

The 59-year-old took charge of the Hammers for the second time in December 2019 with the club deeply embroiled in a relegation battle.

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Moyes led us to safety before guiding us to 6th and 7th placed finishes in the Premier League table in 2021 and 2022.

The first game that Moyes took charge of was a home fixture against Bournemouth two-and-a-half years ago.

West Ham won the game 4-0 as Moyes kicked off his second reign in charge of the East London outfit in fine fashion.

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The difference between the team from that day and now, however, is quite truly astounding…

Shocking West Ham XI from Moyes’ 1st game in charge in 2019 proves how far we’ve come

A quick look back at the first starting XI selected by Moyes during his second stint in charge of the Hammers shows just how much good work has been done by the Scot at the club.

Here’s how we lined up against Bournemouth…

Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena, Robert Snodgrass, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Pablo Fornals, Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller

Six of those players have left now and if we’re being honest, perhaps only Haller and Anderson would have an outside chance of getting into the current side.

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Moyes has brought in the likes of Alphonse Areola, Vladimir Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Tomas Soucek Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma over the last couple of years and has reintegrated Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio back into the team and they have both become key players again.

Nayef Aguerd will be added to that list next season too.

The Scot has also brought talented youngster Ben Johnson into the fold.

On paper, the West Ham starting XI from David Moyes’ 1st game in charge during his second spell at the London Stadium is light and day from he one that we will see line up against Manchester City in August.

There could be some very exciting times ahead of the Hammers fans.

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