West Ham manager David Moyes is convinced his numerous summer signings will end well as he tries to gain momentum after a slow start to the season.
The Hammers have lost their first three Premier League games but travel to Everton on Sunday with growing confidence as performances and results have improved.
Moyes’ men have been bolstered by back-to-back Europa Conference League victories after a controversial defeat at Chelsea was preceded by a draw with Tottenham and a win at Aston Villa.
The Scot is delighted with greater competition for places and warned he will have no hesitation in dropping underperforming players.
“That’s exactly what we were looking for,” he said of squad depth. “We probably haven’t had that in the last few years, or certainly not that often.
“But what we’ve always had here at West Ham is a great team spirit, a great group of dedicated lads.
“We have much stronger competition. Still, it’s not easy to grab eight or nine players and try to embed them fairly quickly.
“I think the players we brought in will make a difference and it just takes a little bit of time.
“But we have to try and get the points on the board in the Premier League. We’ve shown better signs lately with our performances against Tottenham and Chelsea.
“We have competition, we need it; If we try to challenge the guys at the top again, we have to get those players to do their best.
“If you don’t play well, you won’t find yourself on the team.”
Moyes spent around £160million over the summer, recruiting Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Maxwel Cornet, Emerson Palmieri, Thilo Kehrer and Flynn Downes and former loanee Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal.
West Ham reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season and finished seventh in the top flight but are currently bobbing in the relegation zone.
Winless weekend opponents Everton, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, also have four points but are two places better off on goal difference.
Moyes is looking forward to yet another return to Goodison Park, where he began his Premier League career, and is happy that Toffees manager Frank Lampard will be on the sidelines rather than on the pitch.
“I think Everton are a bit like ourselves, they’re being rebuilt, Frank is starting to put pieces together,” he said.
“I’m probably glad he’s not a player anymore, that’s for sure, because he had an incredible goal record for Chelsea.
“That’s how I remember him and he was obviously a top player. We may not have had that many (meetings) as managers.
“I had eleven and a half years at Everton and very few managers at a club reach that stage these days. It’s been a big part of my career.
“I have nothing but thanks and good feelings for what they have done for me and my family.
“I’m always looking forward to coming back but I manage West Ham and my job is to go and win and that’s what I’m going to try and do.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/david-moyes-west-ham-premier-league-europa-conference-league-frank-lampard-b2169299.html David Moyes is confident West Ham signings will end well