It’s two defeats from the opening two Premier League matches of the new season for Moyes as he works with pretty much the same squad that only just survived relegation last season, minus a few departures.
Saturday’s galling 2-1 defeat to Arsenal was not the wake up call many expected as the Hammers performed very well in the loss but it did highlight Moyes doesn’t have much trust in his players outside of the current starting eleven.
Only Tomas Soucek’s permanent arrival from Slavia Prague is the sum of the incoming business this summer.
Moyes has targeted Burnley centre back James Tarkowski this summer but has been frustrated in his attempts to land the England international.
Moyes has been linked with plenty of players in the transfer window but the names of who he wants are very much under wraps aside from Tarkowski.
Moyes is desperate to bolster the defence that shipped 62 goals last season and has also conceded four in the opening two matches of the new campaign. A switch to five at the back saw the Hammers improve at the Emirates but clean sheets look like they will remain an issue once again.
The Hammers boss was asked at the weekend about the lack of transfer movement so far in east London, which has caused frustrations behind the scenes as reported by football.london last week.
“I don’t want just centre halves,” Moyes said.
“I want other positions as well. I think it’s a priority, with a limited budget I have to try and pick a way through which I can use it.
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“Ultimately I’d like to sign three or four players, I want a better squad and team but I totally understand we are not in a financial situation to do so and what I do get I will try and use as well as I can.”
West Ham have sold Grady Diangana, Jordan Hugill, Albian Ajeti and Roberto this summer but have failed to shift on their more expensive assets in the form of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere.
The financial situation in east London is causing uproar among the Hammers fans who see a side that clearly needs strengthening being unable to do so. The sale of Diangana for £18million to West Bromwich Albion was the final straw,
West Ham’s very under-fire owners have pumped £30million into the club this summer through a rights issue amid the Covid-19 pandemic but are being left behind as their rivals strengthen and the Londoners don’t apparently have the money to do likewise.