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West Ham held by Leyton Orient: 5 things we learned

West Ham drew 0-0 with Leyton Orient in a pre-season friendly last night.

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There were plenty of positives, but some negatives as well for the Hammers fans to digest.

Transfer business will be the main priority for David Moyes between now and the start of the new season.

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The Scot will also be keen to find out more about the players he currently has at his disposal at the London Stadium, however.

So what would Moyes have thought of last night’s display against Orient?

West Ham draw with Leyton Orient: 5 things we learned:

Jamal Baptise IS the real deal

The 17-year-old is incredibly highly rated at West Ham. And it’s little wonder why.

Baptiste oozed class once again against Orient last night. The teenager’s maturity levels defy his tender years. His positional sense and anticipation skills really are very impressive for someone so young.

He is the real deal. And it’s surely just a matter of time before he breaks into the first team squad.

Michail Antonio will struggle again with his fitness

The 31-year-old pulled up with an injury scare against Orient last night. And that must reinforce the need for Moyes to sign not one but two strikers at the very least this summer.

Antonio will have an important part to play for West Ham this season. We just cannot rely on him, however. And last night’s incident hammered that point home once again.

Pierre Ekwah Elimby could play a key role

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The 19-year-old once again proved that he has the physical attributes needed to be a successful central midfielder in the Premier League.

He has a real engine and just didn’t stop running last night.

Elimby is tenacious in the tackle and very comfortable in possession. He clearly has a very bright future with the Hammers.

Xande Silva not quite good enough

The 24-year-old returned to the London Stadium this summer after spending last season on loan in Greece with Aris.

Silva was really disappointing against Orient last night, however. He just doesn’t seem to be at the level required to make an impact in the Premier League for West Ham. And perhaps Moyes is now well aware of that after last night’s display.

Mark Noble will play a peripheral role this season

The 34-year-old is an absolute legend in East London.

He will admit himself that he is a long way off the pace these days, however. Noble still has a key role to play at West Ham. His experience and know-how will be invaluable for the young players coming up through the ranks.

The midfielder really struggled last night with the pace of the game. That is a real concern, considering the fact that it was a pre-season friendly against League Two opposition.

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All in all it was a decent run out for the players. And Moyes would have learned a lot from the performances of some of his players.

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