Opinion: Moyes’ admission after Spurs draw means 4 West Ham players won’t be here next season

West Ham United manager David Moyes made a candid admission after we drew 1-1 with Spurs last night.

David Moyes was seemingly happy with the Premier League draw against Spurs, and on another night West Ham definitely could have won the game.

At the very least, the performance was an impressive response from the Hammers players after the capitulation up at Newcastle on Saturday.

Jarrod Bowen put in a sensational performance, and Moyes spoke very highly of the 27-year-old after the game.

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It’s a shame we didn’t win the game, because Spurs were certainly there for the taking last night. A point is still a good outcome against a top five team, but the fact Moyes didn’t have sufficient firepower on the bench made it impossible for him to mix things up.

And something specific that the 60-year-old Scot said after the game means that it could be curtains for four players in particular at the London Stadium…

Moyes admission after Spurs is bad news for 4 West Ham players

The Hammers boss is notorious for preferring small squads – he has admitted this himself on numerous occasions before.

However, the current strength in depth just isn’t good enough when we’re trying to compete both domestically and on the continent.

Moyes spoke to reporters after the game yesterday and he suggested that he doesn’t fully trust certain players in specific games, as quoted by WHUFC.com:

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“I thought the eleven players out on the pitch were doing a good job, and I didn’t think we needed to change things. We juggled things with Mo [Kudus] and Mick [Antonio] moving around up front, as we’ve done recently, and we continued to create chances. We just felt the players we might have used might not have been ready to come into the game at the time.”

That really is a damning indictment from Moyes, and the comments reek of someone who just doesn’t trust the players he has on the bench to come in and do a job for him.

Four players in particular will be thinking that their time at the London Stadium is done if they read those comments above.

Ben Johnson, Danny Ings, Kalvin Phillips and Maxwel Cornet were all on the substitutes bench last night.

After the comments from Moyes about not feeling any of them were ready to come into the game, they must all realise that they’ll be off in the summer.

West Ham could have beaten Spurs, if Moyes had decent options available to him on the bench. And I fully expect him to improve his squad in the summer transfer window, so that he has more flexibility to make in-game changes next season.


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