West Ham star Jarrod Bowen has savaged David Moyes’ detractors as statistics show the Scot is the club’s number one manager of modern times.
The Hammers were being linked with all and sundry from Sean Dyche to Marcelo Bielsa and Rafa Benitez to name but a few.
Fast forward a few months and West Ham have won their first trophy in 43 years – securing a third consecutive season of European football for the first time in the club’s history – and sit second in the fledgling Premier League table.
All against the backdrop of what is turning out to be – on paper at least – one of West Ham’s best ever transfer windows despite losing talisman Declan Rice.
West Ham star Jarrod Bowen savages David Moyes detractors as statistics show the Scot is the club’s number one manager of modern times
West Ham ended last season with the second lowest possession statistics in the Premier League.
And the Hammers have been causing a stir but setting new lows in that regard this term while beating both Chelsea and Brighton 3-1.
Much has been made of West Ham’s contentment at sitting off teams and trying to hit them on the counter attack.
A lot of tripe has been said and written about the Hammers by pundits and journalists.
As Hammers News pointed out after the win over Brighton, lazy pundits must reassess how they analyse matches – because the obsession with possession-based football is not healthy for the game in this country.
Argument to say West Ham’s fast, counter-attacking style is actually more enjoyable than some of the tippy tappy football on show elsewhere
After all West Ham’s thrilling counter attacking play and ruthlessness is arguably more exciting to watch than some of the tippy-tappy, sideways passing for the sake of it football being played by some managers and clubs.
Moyes has been criticised and labelled something of a football dinosaur by some media outlets, rival fans, pundits and – it must be remembered – a faction of West Ham’s own supporters.
Now West Ham star Jarrod Bowen has savaged the Moyes detractors as statistics show the Scot is the club’s number one manager of modern times.
‘He doesn’t get enough credit’
Speaking to BBC, Bowen said West Ham’s players respect Moyes’s style and approach and insists the Hammers boss doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
“When I joined, they were in a relegation battle,” Bowen said.
“He kept the club up, then we had two seasons of finishing sixth and seventh, getting to a Europa League semi-final, going all the way and winning the Conference League.
“What he has done for the club probably doesn’t get enough credit. But that’s just noise. The players respect the manager, respect his ways.”
Stats show Moyes is West Ham’s best of the modern era
Bowen’s comments come as statistics broadcast on Sky Sports News show Moyes is officially West Ham’s best manager of the Premier League era with a win ratio surpassing 37 per cent – at an average of 1.36 points per game.
You can see the full stats in the post below.
Although Ron Greenwood and John Lyall may have something to say about that particular claim.