David Moyes has revealed that he intends to ‘go in a completely different direction’ from West Ham’s previous business transfer regimes, saying he feels he has the confidence of the board. to do it.
The Hammers have been far from thrifty in transfer markets in recent years, with the club breaking their transfer records twice following the arrivals of Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.
None of the big-ticket signings have worked as hoped, with the former having recently signed for Eredivisie champion Ajax in a cut-price deal. However, since Moyes came to West Ham, there has been a very different feel to their business.
Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma have both been taken out of the championship and are starting to show their class in the top row, while Czech Republic internationals Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have proven to be quality buys.
And after a few shrewd signings, Moyes is confident he has the confidence of the club’s hierarchy and fan base to be allowed to build a squad of players who he believes are capable of competing at the top of the Premier League. .
“All managers need a level of trust, whether it’s from owners or supporters. You don’t always understand, ”he said at his last press conference, quoted by the Mirror. “I had to keep the team twice to win this.
“Now I want recruiting to go in a completely different direction. He’s a club monster. We’re doing our best to make sure we turn things around. “
Haller’s departure saw the Hammers linked with a whole host of forwards across Europe, with 90 mins exclusively revealing that they are keeping an eye on Sparta Prague forward Adam Hlozek.
However, with deals proving difficult to strike in January, the clamor for academy prospect Mipo Odubeko to be given his chance has started to grow, although Moyes has revealed that there could be a some time before he was used to the first-team setup – despite his late appearance in the FA Cup win over Stockport.
“He would have been higher in the pecking order, but he trained with the first team and had a terrible hamstring injury,” he said. “Then with the inconsistencies within the academies right now, it’s really difficult. So I don’t really know. where Mipo is in terms of football level, but he says he’s stayed in shape.
“I haven’t seen him play for five or six months, but he trains with the first team, we love him and we hope he can develop.