Things have not gone to plan for David Moyes on his return to West Ham United but a win over Southampton can be a springboard to survival.

The Hammers are in the relegation zone with 11 games to play.

A draw against the Saints would be enough to lift West Ham out of the bottom three with Aston Villa not in action due to their Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

But a victory would – if Bournemouth’s game against Chelsea is true to form – push Moyes’s side above the Cherries too into 16th.

There is a lot at stake.

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Green shoots for West Ham but Moyes has a Red Bull master plan

West Ham’s plucky performance at Liverpool deserved more than a harsh late 3-2 defeat.

Moyes – like Hammers fans – will have seen enough, though, to suggest they can turn this around.

When the Scot was re-appointed by West Ham back in December he dangled the carrot of his vision for the East Londoners if he could ensure their survival.

During his latest time out of the game following his release by the Hammers back in 2018, Moyes studied the Red Bull model and was hugely impressed.

And speaking on his return to West Ham, Moyes hinted he will look to develop the club’s youngsters after being left ‘excited’ by the youth model implemented by Red Bull owned clubs like Salzburg and Leipzig.

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‘The Red Bull model excited me’

Ironically Red Bull have often been linked with a takeover of West Ham, as recently as this month (Claret & Hugh).

West Ham fans are sick of their club’s scattergun approach to recruitment. They have been embarrassed by the lack of a clear structure, philosophy and identity at the club under David Sullivan and David Gold.

Moyes wants to change all that.

“The Red Bull model, which I went to go and see, excited me,’ Moyes said (Daily Mail).

“If you look at how RB Salzburg, RB Leipzig have done, you would probably say yeah I can see that.

“The way they’ve used younger players, tried to develop it. There’s a lot to look at.”

The likes of Jarrod Bowen, Jeremy Ngakia and Grady Diangana could be the first in the vein.

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Moyes must beat Hasenhuttl then pick his brains

But so much hinges on staying up.

Someone who knows all about the Red Bull model is the man across the dugout from Moyes today, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Austrian helped RB Leipzig to an astonishing second placed finish in their debut Bundesliga season back in 2016/17.

The following season the club finished sixth but Hasenhuttl asked for his contract to be terminated after it became common knowledge that Leipzig had lined up young German managerial prodigy Julian Nagelsmann to replace him.

Hasenhuttl would be the perfect man for Moyes to chew the fat with in that regard.

But first the Hammers boss must ensure a crucial victory over his Southampton counterpart at the London Stadium.

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