West Ham are in crisis again as Moyes’ decisions fall apart again
A draw at Leeds and an FA Cup win at Brentford put a break in West Ham’s slump, so David Moyes must be praying that defeat at Wolves here is a ‘game’ rather than ‘progress’.
Halfway through their miserable season, the Hammers did what they had been threatening for months and slipped into the Premier League relegation zone thanks to a 1-0 defeat at Molinuex and a poor run of results. elsewhere.
Nineteen league games have now brought the Hammers four wins, and none since the win over Bournemouth on 24 October.
The half-time contrast couldn’t have been more stark after an average and generally even game between two avant-garde and personality-less teams.
Wolves are not world champions and are still vastly under-performing in terms of their talent and spending, but the arrival of Julen Lopetegui has at least changed the mood around the club and the crowd serenaded the ex-Spain boss at the final whistle. .
Moyes, on the other hand, walked across the pitch to salute the prop, but all he got was an angry and disapproving pose.
There is no doubt that the Hammers boss is intimidated by the failing team. This is a team full of players who haven’t lived up to their reputation in quite some time.
For example, Jarrod Bowen is a shadow of last season’s Lucas Paqueta, unable to replicate the wonder the world witnessed for Brazil in Qatar. Vladimir Kufal, Aaron Cresswell and Tomas Suchek are starting to weaken, forces that have been largely weakened over the past 12 months and have been the backbone of Moyes’ successful second term.
But Moyes has thrown a lot at the wall in terms of personnel and systems, but none of it has stuck, often a sign that the point of no return has been passed.
The question now is how long the board of the club supporting their man can wait to find out if this is the case.
Antonio failed the audition
Moyes dropped Craig Dawson for the match after Wolves made a bid for the defender, which the Irons boss admitted had destabilized his preparations.
Gianluca Scamcca looks set to nurse a knee problem, but Moyes has no choice but to start Midlands-linked Michael Antonio, although the Hammers are yet to make a decision. formal.
Antonio is disappointed to be playing second fiddle in the league this season after summer signing Scamakka, making his feelings public in an interview with Standard Sport last month.
In fact, Scamakka’s form doesn’t have to be eccentric to maintain dominance. Antonio has had plenty of opportunities in various competitions and has rarely done much with them, including here.
There was an occasional foray from the mark through a forest of bodies, neither attacker nor defender quite sure where the ball was going to move, but it was Antonio at his worst. , concluded with an offside pass on the counter. – An attack that left Moyes with his head in his hands.
Julen believes interest in Lopetegui was sparked by Antonio’s performance against Spanish side Sevilla in last season’s Europa League. How can Moyes deal with this player now?
Benrahma deserves better
It took just 20 minutes for the first chants of Said Benrahma’s name from the bench to rise among the traveling fans here.
It speaks volumes for the struggles of West Ham’s other forwards this season, Benrahma has been the Hammers’ most reliable striker and has become a household name for disillusioned fans, despite the inherent inconsistency of his towering talent.
The Algerian, who scored the goal that saw off Brentford in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend, was again only named as a substitute, perhaps in part due to Moyes’ willingness to provide cover on the left side of defence. with great defense in the form of the hardworking Pablo Fornals.
His manager also thinks Benrahma’s best impact comes off the bench, but with his squad so lacking in creativity, that’s not a luxury Moyes can afford.
The introduction of Benrahma in place of the struggling Sucek gave Irons fans a brief glimpse of an adventurous midfielder with Fornals slotting into a central role, only to be replaced after 15 minutes by the Spaniard Scamakka as Moyes naturally went bankrupt.
At home to Everton next weekend, with nothing else to do, that combination is certainly worth it – if Moyes lives long.
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