West Ham boss David Moyes admitted that he is very concerned with his side’s defending after our 3-2 win at Crystal Palace yesterday.
The Hammers got the three points but it was too close for comfort at the end.
West Ham led 3-0 at the break through goals from Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini (2).
David Moyes brought Arthur Masuaku on at half-time in place of Ben Johnson due to the youngster being on a yellow card. And we immediately looked a lot less comfortable defensively.
Odsonne Edouard scored in the 83rd minute before Michael Olise struck for Palace just before injury time.
We just did enough in the end and held out for the win but Moyes wasn’t entirely happy.
David Moyes has a big worry after West Ham beat Crystal Palace
The Hammers attackers seem to have their mojo back. We’ve scored nine goals in our last three Premier League games.
Defensively though, we have been an absolute shambles. The fact that Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell are all injured certainly hasn’t helped matters.
We should be doing so much better than we have done though.
And Moyes told reporters how West Ham’s defending is a big concern for him, as quoted by Football.London:
“Yes, hugely worried because we have to score too many goals to win games. We had a period where we started to get a few but it is something we have not been as good at this season and it will catch you out if you are not careful, so we are well aware of it.”
Signing a centre-back in January will be hugely important if we are going to push on for a place inside the top four this season.
Ogbonna won’t be back before the start of the 2022/23 campaign whilst Zouma still faces at least another month on the sidelines.
Issa Diop looks to be well off the pace. Craig Dawson has impressed but the two of them together just don’t look solid enough in the Premier League.
The addition of a top-class left-back this month to compete with Aaron Cresswell should be a necessity as well.
Look, we’re fifth in the table and have a Europa League knock-out tie to look forward to in March. So things are actually very good at the London Stadium.
There’s still room for improvement though. And it is obvious to see where West Ham need to get better.