Boss names senior stars he demands step up to fill Rice and Noble void

David Moyes feels there has been a lack of leadership in his West Ham team in certain situations after the 4-3 collapse at Newcastle.

West Ham’s manager held his hands up that his decision to bring Kalvin Phillips on for Michail Antonio in the 69th minute at Newcastle simply ‘did not work’.

He’d be dead right on that score as it invited pressure and directly resulted in West Ham throwing away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 in the final 15 minutes.

But while David Moyes has admitted his mistake, he’s also not letting his players off lightly.

Hammers boss says players just as culpable as him

The Scot has spoken out about how disappointed he was that certain individuals did not show the leadership necessary to ensure the Hammers held on for a positive result.

He says they must shoulder just as much of the blame as him.

In fact the manager has gone as far as naming a list of senior West Ham stars he demands step up to fill Declan Rice and Mark Noble void.

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Moyes names stars he demands take more leadership

The Scot has called on captain Kurt Zouma, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, James Ward-Prowse, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen to stand up and show more leadership.

Just like Rice and Noble did before them.

“You’re always looking for strong leadership at different times,” Moyes said, as reported by The Daily Mail.

“Over the last year or two I’ve been fortunate enough to have Mark Noble and Declan Rice. People are beginning to see Declan in a different light completely now.

“Last year we saw how everybody is seeing him now. Declan had the ability to cover ground quickly and recover things while Mark Noble was just a great leader in the dressing room as well as a player.

“We’ve got a lot of senior players here, internationals and there is a little bit that needs to be levelled at them to say: ‘Come on, stand up and do your bit. Take leadership at that time’.

‘Stand up and do your bit’

“Kurt has got a lot of really good attributes. We’ve got Tomas Soucek who is captain of the Czech Republic, Vladimir Coufal is 30, James Ward-Prowse captained Southampton.

“Antonio has been here a long time, so has Bowen. We’ve got a lot of senior players so I’m hoping they would stand up and take leadership, ownership in some of the moments.”

That leadership certainly needs to be on display from here on in if West Ham are to end a promising season on a high.

Starting against bitter rivals Spurs where any lack of leadership simply will not be accepted by supporters.

Especially after the Newcastle, Arsenal, Fulham, Villa and Liverpool debacles this season.


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