Hammers boss David Moyes has explained his plans for huge disappointment Nikola Vlasic after West Ham no show against Watford.

West Ham have been struggling to reach the performance levels they have become renowned for under Moyes of late.

In truth the Hammers have not produced any kind of consistent form since the November international break.

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Moyes admitted that himself in the build-up to last night’s game against Watford.

And it was another match in which West Ham toiled before scraping a narrow win.

On one hand it is always encouraging if a team can grind out wins when not playing well. And it is a rare thing for West Ham sides to do that over the years.

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But on the other, the issue has been going on for long enough to suggest there may be a bigger reason, such as the team being somewhat found out by the opposition.

West Ham did not look like making the breakthrough against Watford and fans were waiting for Moyes to introduce some attack-minded substitutions.

The Scot brought on Manuel Lanzini for Said Benrahma and the Argentine changed the game with his line-breaking passing.

But it said a lot about £33 million signing Nikola Vlasic that he did not get a sniff.

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David Moyes explains his plans for huge disappointment Nikola Vlasic after West Ham no show

The Croatian midfielder was signed as an alternative to Jesse Lingard in the summer and both fans and Moyes had high hopes for the 23-year-old.

Vlasic has struggled to establish himself in the West Ham side, though. He had looked much better in flashes over the Christmas period. But some poor performances of late raised further doubts over the former Everton man.

Speaking after the Watford win, Moyes explained his plans for Vlasic after his West Ham no show (whufc.com).

“I’m trying to get Vlasic more time, more game time,” Moyes told the club’s official website.

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“I want him to get opportunities. But I’ve just felt the games have been tight, you know, the games have been really tight.

“Where I’ve felt in the last two games – mainly in the league, one was at Old Trafford and here (where we lost to Leeds) – I just didn’t see that the right moment was there to give him (Vlasic) that chance to come back on again.

“But we want to introduce him. We’re trying to get one or two players plenty of playing time.”

Moyes has said himself on numerous occasions that some players need time to settle into the pace of the Premier League.

That period of adjustment can often be an entire season. Vlasic is still very young so patience will be key to eventually seeing the best of the midfield ace on a regular basis.

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