West Ham has had a successful week. He closed the year 2021 with an outdoor victory, a few days later he started the year 2022 in the same way and consolidated the fifth place in the Premier League table. Yet not everything is rosy in East London.
West Ham finally won two consecutive games and ended a not very successful period. After winning Vicarage Road and Selhurst Park, Hammer Manager David Moyes may be happy, but he also solves a number of inconveniences.
In particular, the defense is too permeable and the fatigue of their key pillars is obvious.
Hammers sweated profusely on New Year’s Eve. At Crystal Palace, they defended their 3: 2 victory with their fingernails and were very lucky with a lot of goal opportunities from Patrick Vieira’s charges. After half time, they led by three goals, but at the end they were still afraid.
They scored two goals in the final ten-minute period and survived the overwhelming pressure of The Eagles in the setting, which resulted in especially in the heart attack scissors of the alternating Mateta.
“It was terribly difficult. But it wasn’t just the end of the match, it was similar from the first minute,” Moyes pointed out the simple fact that the home team was better at the game. West Ham saved exemplary productivity in the derby.
“I’m very worried about that. We have to score too many goals to win matches. We’re not that good back this season, which is something that will catch up with you if you’re not careful enough,” said the Scottish coach, who has long lacked three key defenders: Angelo Ogbonna, Kurt Zouma and Aaron Cresswell.
In particular, the current Stoa duo Issa Diop – Craig Dawson does not look the safest.
Although Moyes expanded his staff in the summer, he does not rotate too much with the group, and now he also admits that the biggest supports are overloaded. During the match at Crystal Palace, he noticed the fatigue of his midfielders, Declan Rice and Tomáš Souček.
“Both of them are starting to show that they played a lot of matches. We had a demanding program,” said the 59-year-old coach.
However, his fans are partly to blame for their overload. This is exactly why Alex Král came to the club, but he has only played in the Premier League for a few minutes so far and Souček and Rice have often been the first choice in three other competitions, the English Cup and the European League.
The main question now is how West Ham will complete its ranks in the winter transfer period. Although Moyes identified strengthening the defense as a priority, he added with one breath that the impending return of Zouma could solve the critical situation. And so, paradoxically, there is more talk of reinforcements for the offensive.
Jesse Lingard’s name keeps popping up in the flood of speculative transfers, even from sources close to the club. The stellar Englishman in Hammers started his career again last year just after the winter guest from Manchester United and now he gets practically no opportunities at Old Trafford. Moyes wants to take advantage of that.
“She loves Jesse and is working hard to get him back to us,” Claret and Hugh quoted the club’s insider.
Other names resonate, and the fast-footed muscle man from Wolverhampton, the Spaniard Adam Traoré, should be in the viewfinder. And as is the tradition around West Ham, Czech names are not missing. While rumors of the arrival of the young Spartan Adam Hložek have subsided in recent weeks, interest in another representative, Antonín Barák, has come under fire.
Even the renowned The Athletic, who described the productive and creative midfielder from Verona, Italy, was an alternative if he could not hire Lingard.
Under the 27-year-old Barák, the London team is said to be ready to offer an amount of around 17 million pounds (over 500 million crowns).
“The Czech Republic would be a decent acquisition for West Ham, although it must be said that it is not on the same level as Lingard. Moyes should target a younger, more dynamic and more energetic midfielder. In addition, 17 million seems to be quite enough for someone who does not have no experience from the Premier League, “Hammers News fan server reacted rather dismissively.
The hammerheads are now finally in the middle of the week, playing another match at home against Leeds in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday. Three days later, a league finish with the last Norwich awaits them, then Leeds again in the Premier League. Follow the exit to Old Trafford.