Jamie Redknapp says miracle worker Hammers boss David Moyes is paying the price for West Ham’s shortsightedness when it matters most.
West Ham’s defeat to Arsenal on Sunday means the Hammers have not won a Premier League game since beating Everton on April 3rd.
It was a third defeat on the bounce in all competitions and leaves West Ham needing favours to have a chance of beating Man United to sixth spot and a Europa League place.
Moyes’s boys can of course still make the Champions League by winning the Europa.
But they face an uphill battle having lost the first leg 2-1 at the London Stadium last Thursday night.
For many West Ham fans and observers what has been missing since the turn of the year is options – particularly up front.
It is unfathomable that a Premier League team – let alone one that was in Europe – went into a season with just one striker.
But that’s exactly what West Ham did with Michail Antonio. The Hammers could and should have rectified that in January, even if it was just bringing someone in on a short-term loan at the very least.
They didn’t and now Redknapp says miracle worker Moyes is paying the price for West Ham shortsightedness.
“The only thing I will say – and I’ve listened to what a lot of West Ham fans have said – maybe they just left themselves a little bit short up front (this season),” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“Just for a bit of rotation, if Antonio doesn’t play, can you bring someone else in that can get the goals? Don’t get me wrong it’s easier said than done, but that might just be that lack of squad depth that other teams have.
“But all in all it’s been a brilliant season for West Ham, David Moyes has worked miracles at the club. He’s improving players all the time, they’re well organised.”
Redknapp’s comments follow an agitated interview from Moyes who was visibly annoyed at Antonio’s lack of impact when questioned about the thinking behind his substitutions in the defeat to Arsenal.
The Scot even said he felt West Ham were better before bringing Antonio on.
But the striker even said himself during the January window that he would welcome some help up top at West Ham to share the burden.
Moyes admitted he had the money available in January but could not get the players he wanted.
Well perhaps the board need to pay the prices needed to get these players out of their clubs if they are the ones Moyes wants.
There can be no penny pinching in the summer if West Ham want to continue to compete for a place in the top six.