Coming into the 2021/22 season, who would have predicted that West Ham United’s David Moyes would be in charge of a team to be feared. Not many would have seen that happening, but Moyes is making it happen and is deserving of more recognition than he receives at a times.
West Ham United’s David Moyes Making an Impact in the League
West Ham United 2021/22 – Season So Far
The English Premier League table depicts West Ham United to be 3rd in the league’s season ranking, level on points with the star-studded Manchester City team, who are placed 2nd just ahead of West Ham United on goal difference. Put in context, West Ham are ahead of four of the so-called ‘top 6’ namely Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, who are all placed 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respectively. It is early in the season but West Ham have already beaten Liverpool, Leicester City in the league as well as knocking both Manchester City and Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup.
They are also having an excellent run the UEFA Europa League topping their group and still haven’t been beaten after four games in the competition and all these achievements have not all occurred at once in the history of the club and this is another reason why David Moyes deserves more respect.
West Ham United 2020/2021
It could be argued that it is too early in the season to truly judge David Moyes impact on this West Ham team but this excuse will hold no water if last season’s records are admitted into the argument. West Ham started the 2020/2021 season by selling one of their best and biggest prospects, Grady George Diangana to West Bromwich Albion. This transfer raised a lot of uproar both within and outside the club and even the club’s captain Mark Noble openly stated on his social media account of his displeasure with the move. The season’s expectations were incredibly low which at the time was not unreasonable and it looked like the club may be heading for another season struggling against relegation.
Beyond all supposition and all predictions, West Ham United finished the 2020/2021 English Premier League season in 6th position which is their second-best finish in the English Premier League. The only season they finished higher, was back in the 1998/1999 season where they finished just a place better in 5th. The league has advanced much better since then, with many clubs having invested more in their team than West Ham have.
David Moyes Impact on Players
Many players have attained new heights in their careers under David Moyes, even before his West Ham days. But let’s just confine our view to players who did so while pulling on the West Ham jersey under David Moyes. Declan Rice is a prime case, a player who at a very young age has attained major status in the league. At just 22 years of age the youngster has been serving in the role of captain for the team in most games since the captain of the team Mark Noble is barely on the pitch. Rice has not only exhibited his excellent mastering of the game in the role he plays as a Defensive midfielder, he has showcased enviable leadership skills which is astonishing and rare for a player of his age and beyond.
Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell and lastly the colossal Michail Antonio to mention but a few are all players who have impressed in the English Premier League under the tutelage of David Moyes. Recently, Ben Johnson is another player who has been itching to join the aforementioned list of players who have impressed under David Moyes.
Looking at what West Ham have achieved so far, how far they have come, it is quite something of a dream for the West Ham faithful, but it is unlikely that these players are ready to rest on their laurels yet. There are still achievable feats ahead like making the top four and securing a place in the UEFA Champions League, or even winning a trophy. Any one of these feats would establish unimaginable ecstasy among the fanbase. The last time they did win a trophy was back in 1980 when they won the FA cup beating holders and fellow Londoner, Arsenal 1-0.
West Ham United are still very much in contention for the 2021/2022 Carabao Cup and next for them is a London derby against Tottenham, a tough game but considering West Ham’s exploits this season they will be entering the game with all the confidence in the world hoping to slay another Premier League big team. Being able to secure a Champions League place or even winning the Carabao Cup or the FA cup would be a cherry topping to what David Moyes has been able to do with his team.
Whatever the outcome of this season one is thing is for sure and that is that David Moyes has done an incredible job so far at West Ham and he deserves much more respect and acknowledgment than he tends to receive.
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