West Ham boss David Moyes highlighted ‘consistency and stability’ as two characteristics he wanted to bring to West Ham in order to improve the club’s results.
The Hammers lost three of their opening seven league games this season and have since lost only three times in the following 18.
The team selection, performances and growing points tally is one of a consistent and stable club.
The only major change in recent weeks has been the addition of Jesse Lingard to the squad. The loan signing from Manchester United has settled in instantly and is taking the West ham attack to a new level.
“Jesse is a really talented footballer it wasn’t long ago that he was an England international who was making a big contribution. I think he can play in two of three positions and he has shown he has got a goal in him,” said Moyes.
“To bring somebody in who helps your team and improves it is not an easy thing to go and Jesse is improving it and making us better.”
For the previous few weeks, Moyes has been consistently playing down his team’s European challenge. However, after the 2-1 victory over the manager finally admitted the club’s ambitions but could not resist adding a caveat.
“I’m really hoping we can get into one of the European competitions,” added Moyes, “but if it doesn’t and we finish outside it I think it would be hard to say the players haven’t had a good year because they have done a great job.”
The addition of Lingard has not only added goals to the team, three in four appearances for West Ham, but competition for places too.
“We have shown incredible form in 2021, we showed good form since we came back from lockdown so I think for me we are still improving and still trying to really find our best form and we have got a bit of competition [for places],” said Moyes.
“Jesse has come in and helped, we have got Said [Benrahma] we have Manuel Lanzini, Jarrod Bowen, so we have a group of players where I can say ‘if you want the jersey you are going to have to show me and perform well.'”
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For now, Lingard and Bowen are in possession of the shirts but competition for places can only be a good thing for the club.
West Ham have 13 league games remaining and European football has to be the ambition for the team and Moyes has told the team as much:
“I have just told the players, we have done half the job lets see if we can finish the other half off.”