The Moyes effect seems to have stalled somewhat having seen the Hammers secure 1 point from a possible 6. The match against The Blades was dire and with Moyes return to London Stadium against his old club, there was little else to cheer except not losing.
Randolph returned between the sticks and put in a solid performance but there were some noticeable under performers who need to have a good look at themselves as we bed in for a relegation fight until the end of the season.
One player that caught my eye was Haller – our £40m star signing who has struggled to settle in the Premier league. It could be argued that Henry took a while to settle as well, but then again at £40m you’d expect some kind of return for your spondulies.
Everton’s equaliser by Lewin was down to Haller not moving as the ball came in and Lewin reacted to snatch a goal. Haller literally just watched the ball. Shocking. But then his movement throughout the game was also noticeably poor. He didn’t run, chase, rarely tackled and was easily knocked off the ball – an his is not a physical lightweight but seems to have no physical presence when in possession.
I missed the fans silent protest, but inside the stadium the atmosphere is muted with little to cheer about on the pitch. Hopefully, Moyes has a plan for some well needed fresh legs upfront so lets hope the owners are able to support him with funds to improve the squad.
We need to give Moyes time as he has a lot of work to do to get the team functioning at a level where we can compete in the Premier League, otherwise we may see ourselves falling through the trap door into the Championship and my guess is it won’t be so easy to climb back out again.