West Ham boss David Moyes addressed the media after yesterday’s defeat to West Brom, and suggested that he wants more from Albian Ajeti, as quoted by Football.London.
The 22-year-old joined the Hammers from FC Basel for £8 million in the summer of 2019 (BBC).
And the Swiss hitman has really struggled to establish himself at the London Stadium.
In truth, however, he hasn’t really been given a fair enough chance to shine.
Ajeti has made just eight Premier League appearances – all from the substitutes bench, and a total of just 128 minutes. In those games, he has failed to score a single goal or provide an assist.
The 22-year-old has averaged just 0.3 shots and 0.3 key passes per game in those outings (Who Scored).
Ajeti has also played three cup games for West Ham, and has failed to score in those either.
Moyes spoke to reporters yesterday, and suggested that he hoped to see more from the striker against West Brom, as quoted by Football.London:
“I think we would have been hoping he’d have given us a little bit more in different aspects but I don’t want to judge somebody on one sole effort. But he’s been here for how long now, since the summer, and I don’t know how many games he’s started. Today I felt it was fair to give him an opportunity, to see if there was something there and it was right for us, and we’ll assess it. We’ll have a look again.”
It is harsh to judge Ajeti, considering how few minutes he has played for West Ham. But when he is given a chance, he really must do better.
He could yet go on to become a hit at the London Stadium, but the early signs are not good. And he didn’t do himself any favours against West Brom yesterday.