David Moyes has admitted West Ham simply can’t yet compete with top clubs to get transfers done early in the window.
When the January window came and went without a single signing – despite West Ham having a very tangible and golden opportunity for unprecedented success in front of them in the final four months of the season – it left many fans angry.
In an effort to explain the lack of additions to his shallow and creaking squad in the months since, Moyes insisted that he only wanted players who would improve on what he had.
The Scot has stated in several in-depth interviews that West Ham needed to sign between six and eight quality players in a big rebuild this summer.
In a press conference ahead of his last ever West Ham home game, Mark Noble used the stage to call on the club’s owners to seriously back Moyes in the summer window.
The retired skipper said the Scot was already three players short last season before he and a host of others, this week joined by Arthur Masuaku, departed.
So far Moyes and head of recruitment Rob Newman have managed four – but only three of them are new faces having made Alphonse Areola’s loan permanent.
The signings West Ham have made have been very encouraging indeed. And the signs are there Moyes will continue to be backed to bring in more.
A three-month injury lay-off for new £30m defender Nayef Aguerd is so typical of West Ham’s luck it is untrue.
Moyes has finally ended his 18-month plus search for a striker with the capture of Gianluca Scamacca. And the Hammers continue to be linked with some very promising moves.
Supporters felt the club – having not signed any of Moyes’ targets in January – would be primed and ready to go as soon as the season ended to bring in players, certainly in the key positions.
Especially with such a big turnaround needed.
And especially ahead of an unprecedented season in which West Ham will play 16 Premier League games, a Carabao Cup match and – should they make it through a two-legged qualifier – EIGHT European fixtures between August 7th and November 12th when the league pauses for the first ever winter World Cup.
West Ham needed to have a thick squad in place from the get go. Realistically Moyes needed to have five or six players signed who were first team ready and would improve the side with two or three versatile arrivals as squad players.
In an ideal world those players would have had a pre-season with their new teammates and time to gel.
‘We’re not there yet’ David Moyes admits West Ham can’t compete with top clubs to get transfers done early in window
Of course that is what the manager would have wanted.
But ‘We’re not there yet’ concedes Moyes as he admits West Ham can’t compete with top clubs to get transfers done early in window.
Speaking in an interview with The Evening Standard, Moyes has explained why that ideal is not yet a reality for the Hammers.
That’s despite the performance of the club over the last two years, despite what should be back-to-back European campaigns, despite being in London and despite having one of the biggest stadiums and followings in the UK.
“I want us to be spoken about well in football circles because we have good players and bright young talent,” Moyes told The Evening Standard.
“I am enjoying my time at West Ham because I do see so much more room to grow this club.
“At the moment, yes, it is a challenge to stay in and around the top teams when you see how much they are spending and their ability to attract the highest level of player.
“We’re not quite there yet but we’re doing our best to hang on to those teams. I feel I still have lots to do and as a manager going into every season I think I have something to prove because it can turn very quickly.”