David Moyes has a lot of work to do at West Ham this summer.
The Hammers’ need for at least three First Class signings this summer has been well documented.
However, other orders of business are in desperate need of attention at the London Stadium.
David Moyes must try to solve these 5 pressing problems before the new season …
Getting the most out of Siad Benrahma
Moyes signed the 25-year-old winger last summer from Brentford before making his move permanent in January for around £ 25million (Air sports). Although he showed a bit of sparkle, the Algeria international struggled during his debut Premier League campaign.
Moyes’ job as manager should be to help Benrahma realize his potential in a West Ham shirt. It just might be by changing the way he talks about Benny at press conferences. It could be by playing it more central.
Maybe the 25-year-old just needs an arm around him. Either way, this coming season will be crucial for the former Bees ace. And Moyes needs to provide the winger with the platform he needs to be successful.
Managing Michail Antonio properly
Micky was our only striker after Sébastien Haller’s departure for Ajax in January. Unsurprisingly, his hamstrings gave way and he was forced to miss a significant number of games.
Obviously, signing a new attacker will help solve this particular issue. But is there more to do? With questionable hamstrings, resting them often doesn’t always solve the problem. Perhaps it will be a question of changing the style of play of Antonio. Playing the 31-year-old in the lead with another willful runner would allow him to do most of his work in and around the penalty area.
Making the most of talented young people
West Ham have so many talented young players at the London Stadium. However, we haven’t been able to get the most out of it in recent years.
Moyes needs to change all of that. Whether that means getting the right loans for them or involving them more in training and first-team games is up for debate.
Whatever happens, however, they cannot be allowed to rest on their laurels and walk in under-23 football.
Help bridge the gap between owners and fans
Now it is really difficult. Moyes is, however, in a position where he can act as an intermediary between the two warring factions.
More transparency, honesty and healthy interaction between owners and fans is needed. Hiring top players will help, of course. Maybe if the owners came over and admitted that the previous mistakes caused the financial situation we are in right now, maybe the fans would be more understanding.
Moyes obviously doesn’t have the power to force owners to do anything. However, he could do his best to make David Sullivan and David Gold understand that a healthy relationship with fans involving more honesty can only be a good thing for club soccer.
The Hammers’ training facilities are very, very poor. All you have to do is look at the facilities of clubs in and around us in the league such as Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa for proof.
By all accounts, small improvements have been made, but they just haven’t been good enough.
Improving our training facilities would not only attract better players to the London Stadium, but it would also prove to our current stars that we are a club with a real ambition to improve.
Surely David Moyes could help facilitate this by making the club owners understand the importance of doing so.
So there is a lot of work to be done by Moysie this summer. Transfers will undoubtedly be a priority, but there are many other important issues that require attention. Make no mistake about it.
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