West Ham: Three less obvious questions as preseason begins

A general view of the home of West Ham United. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
A general view of the home of West Ham United. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

Over the weekend, West Ham began their preseason training in Scotland. From back office changes to a waterfall of rumors, the real work begins now.

Besides patiently waiting for the West Ham 2021/22 kit release, Hammer’s fans near and far have relished watching and viewing all of the footage coming out of the preseason camp in Scotland. From watching loanees returning to seeing old familiar faces lighting up the pitch, the luster of a new season has quickly come upon us.

These first few days of West Ham preseason are perhaps the most important for David Moyes and preparing for next season and the Europa League. The Gaffer will face many pressing questions moving forward, but here are three, maybe less obvious, ones that can add to your viewing pleasure.

Will Conor Coventry finally break into the first team?

There were seven times where Conor Coventry’s name showed up on the teamsheet for the first team this season. Unfortunately for him, he never got the chance to shine, let alone come onto the pitch during the match. He did, however, play really well for the Hammers PL2 side.

In 18 matches, he was credited with five goals (three by penalties) and two assists. However impressive, his best stat is that in all matches played, he played them in their entirety. Time and time again, he has proven himself at the lower level, but his time is now teetering closely with either playing or finding a new home.

West Ham: Three less obvious questions as preseason begins

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How quickly will West Ham get their first senior team transfer in?

Ok, we said “less obvious,” but besides coaching changes and back-office moves, transfer rumors are what fuel an offseason with nothing else to talk about. West Ham is linked with the typical pandora’s box of rumors, with no end in sight. Right now, it feels as if the Hammers are closer to losing first-team talent than gaining it.

David Moyes has been busy bringing in a lot of freshness to the Academy, and that might show production at some point, but what the Hammers need is the now. Reports suggest that they are poking their heads around and gaining interest in a lot of talent; they need to pull the trigger and get the deals done before it’s too late.

How with the staff divvy out preseason playing time?

In the past, David Moyes and Co have been fairly sharing when it has come to playtime during this early season leg stretchers. The Hammers have lined up a few matches where they will be playing two games essentially simultaneously. That will easily get everyone the time that is needed, but what about other than then?

With the Europa League on the docket for the happy Hammers, one would expect to see a mix of slow performance builders to quickly getting the top lads ready and rocking to prepare for the onslaught of matches coming up. The staff will surely want to see what they have from the youngsters and past loanees, but they will need to sum up their opinions quickly.

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Before you know it, Matchday 1 will be upon us, so David Moyes certainly doesn’t have a simple task leading up to it. Enjoy the beaches of Scotland now because a significant set of matches are quickly lining up. Do these questions line up with what you are thinking? If not, let us know, as there is never enough time to talk about every major point leading up to the 2021/22 season.