WHUFC dropped points once again in the Premier League, this time losing to Frank Lampard’s Everton and due to this 1-0 defeat, the Hammers go into the international break as the 18th-placed team on the table.
Last season, the Hammers were playing in the Europa League and had also managed to reach the semi-final and according to David Moyes, the pressure of European football mixed with the hopes of a top-six finish in the league is one of the major factors why his players have been drained out.
“If you look back, we felt we were dropping down and we were aware of that and we were trying to improve it,” he said(h/t Planet Sports).
“I recognised it probably February time that we weren’t quite as strong. We chose not to bring anyone in January and I could see it.
“But we got to a European semi-final, we were challenging until the last 20 minutes of the Premier League season to be sixth. We weren’t dropping away that far, we were challenging but I just had a sense we were needing new players and a lot of those players played today.
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“I need them, I need them to play at their best. I have seen the performances a lot of those players can put in. I am the one who takes the responsibility and I have got to get them back at that level quickly.”
Can WHUFC revive their season before it’s too late?
There’s no denying that it will be almost impossible for WHUFC to finish in the top-six this time around and if they cannot pull up their socks quick enough then even a top-half finish will become tough.
Moyes did sign a few players during the summer but none of them have had the sort of impact which he had hoped for. Forward Gianluca Scamacca is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League whereas Lucas Paquetá has started only two games so far.
The manager quickly needs to rethink his strategy because he does not have much time on his hands. Yes, he has worked wonders with this team since taking charge but if things don’t improve soon enough then a sack could be just around the corner.
Realistically, he will hope that his players can hold onto the fort until the January transfer window arrives so that he go out and bring in some fresh players for the second half of the season.
WHUFC face Liverpool and Manchester United before the World Cup begins and apart from these two games, the rest of the matches are very much winnable for the London side. David Moyes will have to ensure that his side picks up maximum points from these matches so that they can at least move closer to the top-eight before the leagues disband for the Qatar World Cup.