After a disappointing season, West Ham finally seem to be implementing a change of tactic in terms of transfers to try to put an end to successive transfer windows of failure.
The Times say that negotiations with David Moyes over a new deal have included the possibility that there will be no new Director of Football appointed, with Moyes instead carrying the full responsibility for identifying and completing deals as he did in a previous role at Everton.
Moyes was reportedly given greater control over transfer dealings in January, though that may not be a positive for the Hammers. The only new arrivals were Inter Milan winger Joao Mario on loan, striker Jordan Hugill and left-back Patrice Evra on a free transfer.
Mario has done well, if not being entirely convincing, but Hugill and Evra have barely made a dent on the first-team and the signing of the latter, yet another experienced professional on a sizeable wage, has raised questions marks.
Based on his past experiences though, Moyes may well excel with such a role at the London Stadium. At Goodison Park he operated on a far smaller budget and picked up a series of gems, continually selling them on for a greater profit whilst also building a strong squad at the same time.
A disconnect between David Gold, David Sullivan and the management of the team has been clear, with the likes of Andre Ayew showcasing that the owners digging into their pockets has not always led to success.
That is a key factor in why fans have grown increasingly frustrated with their management of the club, and such a concession of power by placing the role into the hands of Moyes, shows a strong decision taking the club in the right direction as the owners step back and give more power to the employees of the club.
Whether it proves to pay off can only be seen in the long term. If Gold and Sullivan trust Moyes, give him funds to spend and have patience, it could be a hit. If they look to blame him for failure at the first glimpse of disappointment, it may be a disaster waiting to happen.
Three things learnt from West Ham’s defeat to Bournemouth
Manuel Pellegrini has work to do after back-to-back defeats.
The Hammers took the lead thanks to a first-half penalty from Marko Arnautovic but their performance declined significantly after the break, resulting in a 2-1 defeat after goals from Steve Cook and Callum Wilson.
It meant that Manuel Pellegrini’s first competitive match at the London Stadium ended in defeat and raising the stakes ahead of a testing run of fixtures. Here, we have identified three things we learnt from the game.
Arnautovic remains key
Player of the Year last season, Marko Arnautovic is looking to prove that problems of inconsistency are behind him and has started well – scoring from the spot against Bournemouth and looking like West Ham’s deadliest asset throughout.
The signings of Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson were made to reduce the reliance on the Austria international but, with the pair still finding their feet in the Premier League, it is Arnautovic who continues to shine.
It is a promising sign for West Ham after a tough couple of weeks that Arnautovic appears to be in the mood and he could be an incredibly useful asset when the new recruits around him gel into Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Second half woes
West Ham were on the front foot for the majority of the first period and thoroughly deserved their narrow advantage at the break but the performance after the interval was abysmal – and Bournemouth dominated as a result.
The Hammers offered absolutely nothing moving forward after the break and their defensive play was incredibly concerning, as the pacy pair of Callum Wilson and Joshua King continuously found holes in the hosts’ defence.
After a spending spree in the summer, questions still remain about a West Ham defence that has now conceded a whopping 74 goals since the start of last season – more than any other Premier League side in that time.
“For me the second half we tried to keep the 1-0, and that reflect the lack of trust the players have in what they are doing.”
Lack of discipline
When the game started to go against West Ham, the attitude of the players on the field dropped significantly as the Hammers lost their rhythm and discipline, finishing the match with six players on a yellow card.
Mark Noble was the only player to be booked before Bournemouth’s goal, with Angelo Ogbonna then having his name taken for the foul that provided the winning goal. From there, Jack Wilshere had his name taken and things got out of control in the final few minutes.
Between the 89th minute and the final whistle, Felipe Anderson, Pablo Zabaleta and Andriy Yarmolenko were all shown cautions that could have been avoided.
One winner, one loser from West Ham’s defeat to Bournemouth
The Hammers are pointless after two games in 2018-19.
West Ham have endured a tough start to life under Manuel Pellegrini after two consecutive defeats at the start of the season.
It was not surprising to see the Hammers defeated by Liverpool at Anfield last week but a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday, in a game where West Ham took the lead, has raised the pressure on Pellegrini’s side.
The East London giants need their plethora of new recruits to settle in immediately but there is clearly still work to do. Here, we have identified one winner and loser from West Ham’s defeat to the Cherries.
Winner: Marko Arnautovic
West Ham’s Hammer of the Year after a superb debut season at the London Stadium last term, following his £20 million arrival, Marko Arnautovic now has increased expectations for his second year at the club but he has started in a decent vein of form.
The Austria international stepped up to open the scoring against Bournemouth from the penalty spot and often looked to be the best player within West Ham’s ranks, remaining as the shining light despite the captures of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko in recent months.
During his time at Stoke, the biggest criticism of Arnautovic was his lack of consistency and he will have to prove that he has improved in that aspect over the course of the season.
Loser: Angelo Ogbonna
With Manuel Pellegrini having signed Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop in the summer, West Ham have depth in the centre of defence and it seems that Angelo Ogbonna could not really afford to put a foot wrong. Unfortunately, that is exactly what he did against Bournemouth.
Ogbonna struggled to cope with the pace of Callum Wilson and Joshua King, with the worst moment of his display coming for Bournemouth’s winning goal – as he conceded the free-kick that provided the opportunity, then being beaten to the ball by Steve Cook.
Ogbonna did not even attempt to beat the Cherries man to the ball, instead focusing his attention to trying to stop the defender – not even having eyes for Ryan Fraser’s delivery, allowing Cook to have an easy finish.
Some West Ham fans want Andriy Yarmolenko to start v Arsenal
The Ukrainian winger has been used as a substitute so far this season.
West Ham United’s start to the Premier League season has not exactly gone to plan. After an impressive summer of spending and appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager, big things are expected at the London Stadium.
It led to plenty of criticism of the team selection online. West Ham fans would like to see new signings Issa Diop and Lucas Perez get a chance. Others would also like to see Mark Noble dropped.
But the most common theme revolves around their Ukrainian winger.
Plenty of West Ham fans would like to see Andriy Yarmolenko given a chance in the West Ham starting XI next weekend.
The Hammers paid Borussia Dortmund £22 million for the player this summer. It looks a great signing, considering his previous form with the Ukrainian national team and Dynamo Kiev.
But hip trouble has been bothering him, leaving him behind Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson in the pecking order.
But with West Ham struggling, many fans on Twitter are calling for the 28-year-old to be moved into the starting XI for the clash with Arsenal next week…
Anderson conceded possession every time he passed forwards – Yarmolenko threatened far more when he came on.
— FromnearMoscow (@FromnearM) August 18, 2018
— SCRU LOVE (@SCRULOVE) August 18, 2018
The year is 2018 and new West Ham signing Andriy Yarmolenko has signed and has a class pedigree in countries all around the world. He now sits on the bench to watch Robert Snodgrass pass it back to the defense. What. A. Year.
— Victor ???? (@VictorWHUFC) August 18, 2018
Yarmolenko and diop have to start, Yarmo’s looked good, Ogbonna and balbuena can’t play together
— Dom ? (@Dom_WHUFC1995) August 18, 2018
Bench Anderson and start Yarmolenko next game, Anderson has looked awful #WHUFC
— Tom Guy (@TomGuy93) August 18, 2018
3 things we learned from today’s game:
1. Yarmolenko should be starting.
2. Anderson is not worth 40 million pounds
3: Balbuena should not be starting
But let’s be positive and let the new players adapt to the premier league and get a solid team together, on tk Arsenal #COYI
— FrancoGD (@FrancoGD16) August 18, 2018
Yeah I think Pellegrini got it all wrong today imo. Should kept a defensive midfielder in there, I have no idea why Yarmolenko didn’t start. This was a game we needed to win and Pellegrini really was poor
— Rob2018 (@Westham2018) August 18, 2018
Watching replays of #WHUBOU and:
Noble and Ogbonna must be dropped. Yarmolenko is our best winger. Sanchez is x100 what Wilshere and Noble offer us.
Anderson is so slow.
Snodgrass is championship material.
Our defence is terrible at offside trap
Our defence is the worst in PL
— West Ham Mania (@westham_mo) August 19, 2018
I don’t think we have the personnel to play a flat back 4. Bilic and Moyes struggled to play it hence why we’ve always reverted to 3 centre halves. For me, Yarmolenko needs to start, Clearly a top drawer player. Time for Diop to come in too.
— ??Is Snodgrass your Dad??? (@LVirons79) August 18, 2018
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