David Moyes has credited West Ham’s January recruitment as the key reason the club survived its relegation battle last season to remain in the Premier League, as reported by Sky Sports.
Having returned for a second spell in charge last December, Moyes took over a side suffering genuine relegation fears.
However, the Scottish coach was able to keep the side up. West Ham eventually finished five points above the drop zone.
When asked how he managed to pull off the escape act, Moyes pointed to bringing in Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek during the winter transfer window as a key moment in the campaign.
Moyes: Signings turned fortunes around
“The introductions in January,” Moyes said, referring to the main reason for West Ham’s survival.
“I think if we’d not brought Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek in we’d not have been in the Premier League.”
The duo have been regulars in the starting line-up since their arrival, making a major impact.
Antonio finds his best form
Another player to establish himself as a key part of the squad this year is Michail Antonio.
The forward has been a revelation following lock-down. Moyes was also keen to praise his contribution in recent months.
“His form has been so good. He has developed into a really top-end centre forward at the moment with his finishing, hold-up play (and) ability to physically run in behind with his speed as well.”
West Ham have taken their post-lockdown form into the current campaign.
After conceding 62 goals last season, they have let in just ten in their opening eight matches in 2020/21.
Moyes believes this new-found strength is thanks to switching to 3-4-3. He feels the formation has offered greater solidity at the back and an increased goal threat in the final third.
“I think the change to 3-4-3 fitted what we had, trying to concede less goals, trying to score more goals and getting players in the team. And I’ve got to say, since we’ve played it we’ve done very well.”
The Hammers hope to get another win under their belts this weekend. They travel to bottom side Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.
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