West Ham United boss David Moyes has pointed the finger at a few of his senior players in assessing where things have gone incorrect for the club up to now this season. The Hammers currently find themselves down in sixteenth place within the Premier League table, just a degree clear of the drop zone, and have only managed to assert a single win from their last seven games in all competitions.
Their current relegation battle is a far cry from last season’s seventh-placed finish and impressive run to the Europa League semi-finals, although their predicament has been affected by recent injuries to the likes of Gianluca Scamacca, Danny Ings and Maxwel Cornet. Moyes has since insisted that a few of West Ham’s established stars could do with a kick up the backside to be able to get back to their usual form because the Scot looks to arrange his struggling squad for the all-important Premier League run-in.
“If I’m being honest, I don’t think now we have hit the heights we should always have done and I don’t necessarily mean just the brand new players,” said Moyes, who also hinted that his team could determine to adopt a more pragmatic approach to be able to start picking up some points over the approaching weeks.
“There are some players from last season which have bust their balls to get to where we’ve gone and we have pushed every last drop out of them. They’ve found it difficult to return back and go again. Sometimes it’s unfair but what we don’t need to do is be where we’re, we want to get away from where we’re.
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“So perhaps we want a little bit of a kick up the jacksie to seek out a way of getting back to it. We would like to be a greater football team, and we try to be, but perhaps now we have to get back to being a winning team, one which wins and it doesn’t really matter what it looks like, so long as we get the outcomes.”
Moyes, who has seen his position as West Ham manager heavily scrutinised over the previous few weeks, would ordinarily be forgiven for wanting to be knocked out of the FA Cup to be able to consider the league. Nonetheless, the 59-year-old is painfully aware that success within the tournament could also be his team’s best likelihood of qualifying for European football next season as things stand.
“If I’m not going to get it through my league position then I actually have to seek out a strategy to attempt to do it with certainly one of my cup competitions,” he added. “The cup competitions are huge if we will do it.”
West Ham will face Derby County within the FA Cup fourth round on Monday night and might be eager to avoid an embarrassing slip-up against a side two divisions below them to be able to maintain their hopes of going all the way in which within the competition this season. Nonetheless, it’ll almost definitely not be a simple ride for the Hammers in consequence of their injury problems and general insecurity, which has stemmed from their poor recent form.
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