Five Things That David Moyes Needs To Address Immediately At West Ham United

West Ham United

With the appointment of David Moyes and his Assistants Stuart Pearce, Alan Irvine, and Billy McKinley, a new era has begun in East London, but there are still plenty of cracks on show from Slaven Bilic’s spell in charge at The London stadium, just what are the five things that must be fixed right away if they’re to succeed?

Work Rate:

For a team with more than its fair share of pace to have made the least sprints and covered the least ground in the entire Premier League heading into the Festive period is nothing short of disgraceful.

While fingers can be pointed at individuals who just haven’t been putting the effort in this campaign, the main reason for this was believed to be the lower intensity training that Bilic put the players through each day.

Reports suggest that the Croat was not working them to a very high intensity and giving them more than plenty of time to recuperate after sessions and matches, one thing that is sure to change under Moyes.

The Scotsman has already put the players that are currently not injured or on International Duty through double sessions this week and boldly stated in his unveiling Press Conference in relation to the work rate, “if you don’t run, you don’t play, if you aren’t fit enough, you don’t play”.

However, to shut up early critics, this will need to be reflected visibly on the pitch, as the lack of effort in Claret & Blue was never more obvious in the game that ultimately lost Bilic his Job, a regrettable 1-4 home defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Defending:

It may be an obvious one and perhaps the most concerning on this list, but defensive problems are nothing new on spirited West Ham fans, an issue that has been the thorn in the side of Hammers sides for years.

But, perhaps most compelling this season is the stat that our back four has conceded the most in The Premier League this campaign, therefore making it the worst in The Division.

In addition to conceding 23 PL goals, Joe Hart has only kept three clean sheets which is the fourth worst in The Division, but it’s not the fault of the England shot-stopper.

An unstable defence in front of him has largely been to blame, one that has not been able to find consistent shape or personnel, fluctuating between three, four and five members.

If the new Gaffer is to change this, he is faced with the immediate challenge of injuries as Sam Byram, Jose Fonte, and James Collins are all out but Moyes’ teams are famous for their defensive backbone, so Hammers can expect an improvement.

Disciplinary:

One huge negative from the Bilic era and problem that only seemed to be prevalent under the former Croatia Boss’ guidance is the way that players were conducting their behaviour on the pitch.

Since May 2015, two months before the Croat took over, we have been shown the most red cards in The Premier League with eight, the irony being that Sam Allardyce won The UEFA Fair play Award in his final season in East London.

This season, the dismissals of Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll have not only cost points but are also examples of pure stupidity in unnecessary areas of the pitch.

Although both were fined, it seemed that a stern talking to an and an apology to teammates was as far as the issues went, when further action would have been taken by other Managers.

Stars that turned up to training late and committed other offences also went largely unpunished by Bilic, something that Moyes surely won’t stand for and certainly not Pearce, whose reputation as a tough Coach will strike fear into players.

However, it’s not just red cards that have needlessly blighted our form this campaign, clear examples of poor decision making such as that of Michail Antonio at Selhurst Park have been visible and Moyes must stamp all individual errors out very quickly and by any means possible.

Home Form:

One of the huge bugbears that need to be put behind us quickly is the aftermath of The Stadium move, something that has contributed towards some atrocious form at home.

As well as the bigger teams, it seems like some of the lesser sides have also learned how to exploit our London stadium weaknesses, such as Brighton & Hove Albion with their 0-3 victory last month.

While the attitude of the fans is something that cannot be controlled by a Manager, it’s crystal clear that plating in Stratford proves a monkey on the back of our Claret & Blue stars.

So much so that we have lost two more games than we have won at home since the start of last season, in that time Swansea City have only conceded more home goals with 44.

Lucky for Moyes, his first match in charge will be Sunday’s trip to Vicarage Road but there is hope at home as the scot is known for being solid in front of his own fans, even if his away record is far from impressive.

Consistency:

Last but not least is the prominent problem that is inconsistency in all areas both on and off the pitch, whether it be team selection, formation or scoring goals.

In the last few months, a consistent system has been very hard to come by with everything from 4-2-3-1 to 3-5-2 being tried, but player positioning is something that was hugely scrutinized under Bilic.

Albeit with injuries and suspensions to deal with, players such as Javier Hernandez have appeared in almost every attacking position and Cheikhou Kouyate in plenty of different areas of the pitch, to name a few mistreated talents.

Inconsistent results are another obvious point to draw on, not to mention performances which fluctuated from top six and bottom three quality each week, although more often the latter.

One would feel that Moyes will come in and choose a formation that he will work on at Rush Green and then implement into games, most likely a 4-3-3 system, but in all departments, things must be made tighter.

So, now that we have covered the five main things that David Moyes and his Staff must look first to change at The London Stadium, can they sort out these problems quickly?

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.