West Ham goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero makes a hugely surprising David Moyes claim

West Ham United’s goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero has offered an insight into the mind of David Moyes when it comes to what the Scot expects from his goalkeepers.

West Ham appointed Xavi Valero as head goalkeeping coach back in 2018 – before David Moyes had even taken over at the London Stadium, so the fact the he’s still here proves just how highly the Scot rates the Spaniard.

The 50-year-old Hammers coach is very well thought of in the game, and used to work for Liverpool under Rafa Benitez many years ago.

Valero has been at West Ham for five years now though, and he has worked with Lukasz Fabianski for the entire duration of that spell, whilst Alphonse Areola has been under his wing for a little over two years.

Interestingly, it was Valero who put together a presentation so compelling it convinced Moyes to sign Areola from PSG.

The Spaniard told The Coaches’ Voice that both Fabianski and Areola are ‘complete’ goalkeepers. He likes them to contribute in all areas, but what does Moyes expect from his stoppers?

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Xavi Valero makes David Moyes claim

The Spaniard has opened up to The Coaches’ Voice about his career in coaching so far.

And Valero made somewhat of a surprise admission about Moyes, and the way that the Scot is open to evolving:

“At West Ham, David Moyes wants goalkeepers to be an active part of his team. David is very open-minded. He’s always trying to improve things, bringing in different coaches with different ideas. He wants to keep evolving the team, but always from a balanced position.”

Those comments might just surprise the Hammers fans.

Moyes has a reputation of being somewhat of a dinosaur in the modern game, and is often labelled as a manager with archaic methods – perhaps unfairly so at times.

Xavi Valero has made it very clear that David Moyes is open to evolving, and wants his goalkeepers to play an active role in the game as a whole.

I just didn’t picture him as that kind of manager. You learn something new everyday I guess!


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