Former West Ham United manager David Moyes has taken a sly dig at the club’s owners by suggesting that last season was the first where they showed intent in the transfer market.
“West Ham are a club who should be competing, and have the capabilities to do so.” said Moyes as highlighted by The Daily Mirror.
“But last year was the first year I think West Ham have really spent to do so. prior to that, we took over when there was a lot of difficulties and unrest around the group. We calmed it down and more importantly for the group we made sure there were no problems with relegation.
“Our plan was to go in and work with the players we had and get them through the season. We brought in one centre-forward, Jordan Hugill, to cover Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho, who had gone [in the January window].
The Hammers roped in former Premier League winning manager Manuel Pellegrini ahead of last season. They also had an impressive summer transfer window ahead of the 2018/19 season as they brought in the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Lukasz Fabianksi.
Diop, Anderson and Fabianski were all highly impressive with the Polish goalkeeper going on to win the club’s Player of the Year Award as a result of his performances from last season.
West Ham went on to finish the League in tenth place. They looked promising at times but lacked the killer instinct to challenge for Europa League football. They also had a bit too many injury prone players within the squad which would have harmed the results of the team. Last season saw Carlos Sanchez, Aaron Cresswell, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini all spent big portions of the season on the sidelines.
The Hammers have added in Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals to the squad this summer. Both are impressive signings. Haller will be expected to lead the line during the upcoming season and has the potential to score 15-20 goals in the Premier League. He could help the club to claim a strong finish on the top half of the standings though the defence will also need to do their part to guard the goal of Fabianski.