West Ham travel to Brighton this weekend looking over their shoulder at the relegation battle that they are just about out of at the moment. Tuesdays performance was encouraging, again the team showed great heart coming from behind to draw against an inform Palace team who were very unimpressive despite the attacking talent they had at their disposal. Joao Mario was impressive in his first game and Noble and Kouyate were outstanding in Midfield despite the result the fight and togetherness the team showed was the main thing to take away from the game. Mark Noble has been brilliant under Moyes his contribution is only really appreciated when he isn’t there, his leadership on the pitch is exactly what West Ham need and despite the somewhat unwarranted abuse he has received from certain fans he is still out there giving his all. The transfer window debacle is now becoming a yearly event and the recruitment approach need to be reviewed, Gold and Sullivan have been widely criticised for the failure to sign a striker and the approach of bidding for players without any real conviction, I question at times if there is a plan to the players they buy. Last season we found ourselves with several squad players where we need to be improving the first team. I am excited by the signing of Jordan Hugill from Preston, some of West Ham’s better signings have come from the Championship and he will bring a physicality and prescience to our forward line.
Javier Hernandez had a good game on Tuesday and given the departures of Ayew and Sahko it looks like he will be leading the line again on Saturday. Antonio should be back in the fold after his disciplinary issue on Tuesday and he has been missed. Aaron Cresswell has been the target of the crowd’s ire at times but he will give balance on the left where we will obviously miss the attacking threat of Masuaku. I hope Moyes retains the centre backs from Tuesday much like Noble, James Collins has had a renaissance under Moyes and the team are better for his leadership and direction from the back, Declan Rice will hopefully continue his apprenticeship alongside the outstanding Ogbonna who would be one of my contenders for player of the season so far.
It’s well within West Ham to get a result at the AMEX, Chris Hughton has made them greater than the sum of their parts, but I really feel David Moyes is doing the same for us, there are some signs of a team coming out of the wreckage. The discontent with the board aside, Moyes is starting to build a team the fans can get behind, hopefully a West Ham win will keep our fans warm this Saturday.