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West Ham in trouble as ‘coup’ signing has not delivered, with pundit admitting Moyes has ‘massively underperformed’

Nayef Aguerd, Declan Rice, July 2022

West Ham are under mounting pressure and the unfortunate situation with new signing Nayef Aguerd is not helping, one pundit claims.

The Hammers have only won one Premier League game this season and consequently sit in the bottom three. That solitary victory from seven matches came against Aston Villa – but has so far proved an outlier.

West Ham’s slow start has especially caught the headlines following their sizeable summer investment.

Manager David Moyes attracted Brazil regular Lucas Paqueta and Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca – among others – to the London Stadium.

Centre-back Aguerd, who left Rennes, is another who has been in the spotlight. But, he has been there for his absence rather than his contributions. Indeed, the Morocco international, who cost £30million, suffered injury in July and has yet to make his West Ham competitive debut.

According to Tottenham insider John Wenham, Aguerd’s injury is overshadowing the Hammers’ poor start.

“They will be very disappointed with their start to the season,” Wenham told Football Insider.

“The board invested very, very heavily over the summer. They spent more than Tottenham did and brought in the likes of Paqueta and Scamacca.

“Aguerd as well. I think they have been unlucky with his injury, I think he is a very good ball-playing centre-half. He went under the radar and it was a bit of a coup for West Ham to attract him.

“They got that one done bright and early as well as making the signing of [Thilo] Kehrer. They made a decent number of signings and you have to be disappointed if you are a West Ham fan if you ask me.”

Further West Ham concerns

Moyes admitted after West Ham’s latest defeat – 1-0 at Everton – that it is the more established players in his team who have let him down.

And Wenham added that the fact the Hammers kept their core group together and only added to it is a bleak sign for Moyes.

“They have underperformed massively so far,” he said. “They have had a decent set of game as well so I think Moyes will be under a bit of pressure.

“Money has been spent and the owners will expect more. They kept their best players in [Declan] Rice and [Jarrod] Bowen as well.

“Moyes will be given time after getting to a European semi-final for the first time since the battle of Hastings but there will be pressure.”

Hammers needed international break

West Ham went into the September international break on a run of two successive Premier League defeats.

That is the second losing run they have endured already this campaign, in another worrying sign.

As such, Moyes will be hoping his players have gone away and reflected on what has gone well – and not so well.

For those players not involved in the international break, they will no doubt be focusing on improving and implementing changes.

West Ham return to action against Wolves at the London Stadium. Their opponents have also suffered poor form this season and the Hammers will be eyeing up a well-needed three points.