David Moyes has spoken to the media ahead of West Ham’s Premier League match against Aston Villa on Monday evening.
West Ham will be hoping to make it three wins on the bounce and cement themselves in the top half of the Premier League table. The Hammers have had a good start to the season considering their tough run of fixtures. Moyes has been a big factor of this positivity around the club at the moment.
Speaking ahead of the match, there were three key points.
1. Haller the Hammer
Moyes was full of praise for Sebastien Haller. The Ivorian striker was faced with replacing Michail Antonio during his spell on the sidelines. Haller scored a brilliant winning goal against Sheffield United last week as well as showing improvements to his all-round game.
"“The three games that Antonio’s been out, Seb’s played and we’re really pleased with what he’s done. We wanted goals from him, we wanted assists and we wanted really good general play. I’m looking forward to having both him and Michy firing.” Moyes on Haller’s form"
Moyes mentioned that he is looking forward to having ‘both him and Michy firing’. This phrase could suggest that the manager could be planning on using the duo together in the future. Fans have seen how good the two attackers can be in a partnership and would certainly be excited and the prospect of seeing it again.
Haller had come under criticism for some lacklustre performances but looked to have turned a corner. If the towering striker can continue to improve and find the back of the net regularly, then he could cement himself as the first-choice striker.
2. Whole Team Contributing
Eight different players have scored West Ham’s last eight goals surely has to be some sort of record, right? Moyes sees the statistic as a great thing as it suggests that everyone is contributing to the team.
From Jarrod Bowen‘s goal against Leicester the team’s goalscorers. have been totally different. Fabian Balbuena, Pablo Fornals and Tomas Soucek have been among the goals for the club with their goals against Tottenham, Liverpool and Fulham respectively.
"“That is good. It shows we’re trying to get different people forward and into the box. We’d like our centre-forwards to get the numbers, but I’m really pleased everybody’s getting the chance to get goals.”Moyes on West Ham’s goalscorers."
One of the reasons behind the differing goalscorers is Moyes’s new attacking system. Since switching the team to a five-back, it has become a lot more fluid and has encouraged more players into the box.
3. Cresswell’s Renaissance
Aaron Cresswell has been in fantastic form since David Moyes moved him into the left-centre-back role. The 30-year-old had struggled as a traditional left-back due to his pace starting to decline. Now with the support of Arthur Masuaku and freedom to send in crosses from deep, he is rediscovering his best form.
"“First of all, Aaron Cresswell has been excellent for us. On both occasions I’ve been here he’s played very well. He’s at the age now where he’s understanding the game better and his reading of it, and he’s playing very well. He can play a couple of roles, and he’s left-sided, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets called up in the future.”Moyes on Cresswell"
Many fans expected to see a new left-back brought into the club during the summer and were left disappointed when none arrived. The lack of business has, however, turned into a blessing. Cresswell and Masuaku have formed a brilliant partnership on the team left-side of the defence.