Why West Ham knocks on the Champions League doors

For the first time in its history, West Ham knocks on the doors of the Champions League. The ‘hammers’ have become the great revelation of this Premier, in which they occupy fourth place. They have 13 days ahead of them to fulfill their dream.

As criticized as he has been throughout his career David Moyes, West Ham coach and who failed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor on the Manchester United bench (2013-14), now the one who was also Real manager (2014 -15), Everton (2002-2013) and Sunderland (2016-17) have made theirs a team capable of being, at this stage of the season, in the Champions zone, fighting for this goal. Pablo Fornals’s is the top-ranked London outfit right now.

David Moyes, with Vladimir Coufal (AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth, Â Pool)

Moyes has changed the mentality of a West Ham that was fighting against relegation when the Scottish coach returned to the club on December 29, 2019. A ‘hammer’ team with another competitive spirit, which defends very well because it knows how to defend together, which has in the average to its two great pillars, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, who make it possible, with the game they generate, that with very little West Ham is able to score goals.

In January, West Ham was left without one of its main figures, Sébastien Haller (to Ajax for 22.5 million euros), but made the most expensive signing of the Premier in the winter market, that of Said Menrahma (23 , 1 million, from Brentford). And he got Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United and has scored 3 goals in 4 Premier matches.

It is the goal, like the defensive work, something very supportive in West Ham: in Premier Soucek he has 8; Michail Antonio, 6; Jarrod Bowen (another of the pillars) has scored 5; Haller had 3 before going to Ajax; Lingard, 3; Craig Dawson and Pablo Fornals, 2. At 1, Angelo Ogbonna, Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Ben Johnson and Declan Rice.