David Moyes explains change in West Ham transfer policy, says he wants a brand new department
David Moyes has changed West Ham United’s fortunes since he returned to East London, but the Irons boss isn’t done just yet, he wants to change the club’s transfer policy as well in the coming months and years.
West Ham’s recruitment in the last few transfer windows don’t get the credit it deserves. The Hammers have signed a few phenomenal players over the last 18 months.
Since January 2020, the Irons have brought in players like Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Said Benrahma and Kurt Zouma. Jesse Lingard also came in on loan last season and played a massive part in helping Moyes’ side get into Europe.
The West Ham boss deserves a ton of credit for his transfer business over the last two years, but he is keen to change things now. Moyes has revealed that he wants a brand new department at the club focusing on young British players to make the club’s presence in London and England bigger than it already is.
David Moyes details his new transfer policy at West Ham
He said, as per Football London: “I’d like to have a bigger West Ham presence around the streets of London but probably around the whole country as well because I want us to be looking for young British talented players, as well as the work we need to do overseas.
“I want young players to come here and think there is an opportunity for them and a good environment. They can get well-coached, I think that at West Ham we’ve got great potential all over London.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re doing our homework close to home because we do a lot in France and other countries but we want to make sure we get the best of British players if we can, whether that be young players or in the lower leagues. I’d like to know that we at least know about them and are looking at them.
“I’d like a (new) department with scouts and analysts going forward. Up to date as much as we can but I won’t be getting that in one fell swoop.”
West Ham have a decent group of English players at the moment with the likes of Declen Rice, Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell, Ben Johnson and Craig Dawson. Lingard was another Englishman who starred for them last season.
The Euros showed that young English players are more than capable of competing against the best in the world. The likes of Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham showed their class on the global stage, and there’s no reason why West Ham can’t produce talented youngsters like them.
Moyes’ new approach is fantastic. Focusing on the talent in the country just as much as abroad, if not more, is a great thing for West Ham as well as for England, but it’s easier said than done.
It may take a few years for the Scot to fulfil his ambition, but he has laid a solid foundation already and he deserves a lot of credit for that.