Moyes to rely on established stars for City test

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 5th August 2022

David Moyes says he is unlikely to utilise many - if any - of his new signings when the Hammers host Manchester City at the London Olympic Stadium this Sunday.

With Nayef Aguerd injured and fellow big money arrival Gianluca Scamacca unlikely to command a spot in the starting line-up, the manager confirmed that latest arrival Maxwel Cornet is expected to complete his move from Burnley before the game - albeit too late to be available for the City test.

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"Gianluca [Scamacca] has only recently joined us so he's a bit behind," replied Moyes when asked about the prospect of fielding any of his available new players. "I'm not expecting him to be available this weekend.

"He’s not had the chance to play, he’s not played any pre-season minutes so it’s probably going to be difficult to put him in the squad so soon. His training is a little bit behind the other players at the moment.

"He has trained, but maybe not as regularly or consistently [as his team mates]. The transfer took quite a bit off him in terms of games and training at the time. I’ve got him in, I like what I see, but we’re trying to get him in the best condition we can and get him ready to play.

"We've made some good signings in the summer but we've also had one or two injuries which doesn't help, so we have to take that into consideration.

"Cornet's in the building now so hopefully we can get that concluded. I couldn’t tell you exactly until everything is done, but he’s here at the moment. The question on Maxwel [what he will bring to the team] is probably better suited once we get it all done, once we get it completed. Then it will be a lot easier to speak about."

And the boss insisted that he remained hopeful of adding to his pack before the transfer deadline on 31 August.

"All I would say is we need to do an awful lot more business," he said. "We lost four players - three [outfield] players and a goalkeeper at the end of the season.

"We were a couple of players short in January and we didn’t bring any players, in so we have to fill these voids. Hopefully, we can do so. We want to bring in quality players, we don’t want to just fill the squad for the sake of filling it, so we are trying to do what we can.

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"In my mind we are far from finished. We have to do an awful lot more than what we've done at the moment and hopefully we'll be able to do that."

With regards to his aspirations for the coming campaign, Moyes admitted that he was hopeful of challenging the league's established major clubs once again - even though his squad is undergoing major surgery having lost one or two established faces.

"I think we can be consistent again, we will try and do that," he said. "We’ve tried to become a side which can be competitive at the top end of the league. The last couple of seasons we have shown that but we have to make sure that we go again.

"We’re in a middle of a rebuild - we’ve lost Mark Noble and we’ve lost one or two others so there’s a little bit of changing of the guard here. That will take a bit of time. But if we continue to try to make West Ham a European club that would have to be seen as incredibly good progress.

"Once you make a big climb, which we have done, from being a relegation team to a side which is now challenging for the Champions League - certainly last year in [terms of] talking about being in Europe - that is a big step. It's a big jump and we’ve done that in a short period.

"The next jump can never be as big, it can only be a small one because of the level of the teams above you. I can remember saying this time last year if we can get anywhere like the same position it would be excellent - and we were.

"Up until the last game, up until half time of the final game [at Brighton], we would have finished sixth again. We ended up finishing seventh and I didn’t see that as a bad return. We had a slightly better outcome in the cups, certainly in European football. We would have liked to have gone a bit further in both cups and we would like to do that this year as well."

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