The Hammers are a real outfit now and there are five West Ham players who need to step up and be counted this season, if they are to have any kind of future at the London Stadium.

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David Moyes made some great signings in the summer. The Scot now has some real top-class options amongst his ranks.

The new additions will undoubtedly force the Hammers’ fringe players to stand up and be counted.

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West Ham United boss David Moyes during the Betway Cup match between West Ham United and Atalanta at London Stadium on August 7, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Five West Ham players who have final chance to salvage London Stadium careers this season

Arthur Masuaku

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the London Stadium in the summer of 2024. That isn’t to say that he isn’t in a race against time to prove himself to Moyes, however. The West Ham ace’s knee problem is a huge concern. It is clearly more of an issue than the club are making out. And if Arthur can’t prove his fitness over the course of the next few months, the Hammers may well decide to move him on whenever they can.

Ryan Fredericks

The 28-year-old is out of contract in 10 months time. So it really is very simple for Fredericks. Play well, prove himself to Moyes and earn a new deal or fail to make any kind of impact and be sold in January or released on a free in the summer.

Issa Diop

Issa Diop needs to prove himself this season (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The 24-year-old really is somewhat of an anomaly. When he arrived in East London, he was an instant hit and performed brilliantly during his debut campaign in England. His has regressed badly over the past 18 months, however. And with Kurt Zouma now at the club, the onus really is on Diop to prove his worth. If he doesn’t, it may well be curtains for his West Ham career.


Manuel Lanzini

The mercurial Argentinian ace was a real fan favourite at Upton Park when he joined the Hammers in 2015. Times have been tough for Lanzini since he suffered a serious ACL injury in the summer of 2018, however. He just hasn’t been the same player since. Lanzini did impress when playing in the deep-lying midfield role on two occasions last season. The 28-year-old needs to show so much more than that, however, if he is to prove to Moyes that he can make a difference to this West Ham team.

Andriy Yarmolenko

The 31-year-old attacker is a real talent and he shows just how good he is regularly for the Ukraine national team. Unfortunately, he has never really proved himself with West Ham, however. A serious injury a couple of years ago didn’t help of course. Time is ticking down now on his Hammers, career, however. He’s out of contract in the summer and absolutely must impress whenever he is given a chance if he is to resurrect his career in London’s East End.

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It will be interesting to see whether any of the players mentioned above stake a claim for a regular first-team place in David Moyes’s starting XI this season. We can’t see it, but who knows, perhaps one or two of them will be buoyed by the competition that the new signings will bring.

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