David Moyes has admitted, in comments reported by Football London, that he would have liked to have seen more from Albian Ajeti during West Ham United’s FA Cup defeat.
The Hammers’ season was dealt another blow as they were beaten at home by West Brom on Saturday. Moyes selected a fairly strong side against the Championship promotion-chasers, who did ring the changes.
One change Moyes did make involved bringing Ajeti into the starting lineup. The striker has endured a tough start to life at the London Stadium, making just eight substitute appearances for the Irons so far in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, the 22-year-old was unable to stake a real claim for more opportunities with an underwhelming display. He did grow into the game, but the lack of game-time alongside Sebastien Haller seemed to show.
And Moyes seemed to concede that he was underwhelmed with the forward’s display – though he did suggest it was always going to be tough for Ajeti.
“I think we would have been hoping he’d have given us a little bit more in different aspects but I don’t want to judge somebody on one sole effort,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“But he’s been here for how long now, since the summer, and I don’t know how many games he’s started. Today I felt it was fair to give him an opportunity, to see if there was something there and it was right for us, and we’ll assess it. We’ll have a look again.”
TBR View – Ajeti surely needs January move
Ajeti looks to be in a difficult position at the London Stadium. It appears that he may not be ready to provide cover for Haller.
But the lack of depth up front adds to the pressure on the youngster. It makes it unlikely that he will get the chance to leave on loan before the window closes.
West Ham could add to their options before Friday’s deadline. And that could perhaps pave the way for Ajeti to potentially move away to get some confidence back.
Based on Saturday’s display, he perhaps needs the chance to restore some belief.