David Moyes is confident that West Ham can challenge “near the top end” of the Premier League table after spending around £175m on new players.
The Hammers have finished eighth and seventh in the Premier League in the last two seasons. They have now signed eight new players this summer.
Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer and Emerson Palmieri have joined the club along with £52m club-record signing Lucas Paqueta.
“I think we’ve tried to bring in players we really believe can keep us up near the top end,” said Moyes.
“We needed the players in. We were short and I think it was always going to be a year where we needed eight new players.
“I think the top clubs have recruited well also. We’re trying to keep up with them, that’s the job. Hopefully, in time, we can get the players to show how good they are.”
West Ham travel to face Chelsea on Saturday in a match which was rescheduled from its original Sunday slot just last weekend as a result of the Blues’ involvement in the Champions League.
It means the Hammers will have played Sunday, Wednesday and then Saturday. Unsurprisingly, this is a run of fixtures Moyes is not particularly impressed with.
“I think it’s disappointing because it was known there would be Champions League games and European games for us as well,” he added.
“I’ll tell you something about the Premier League, they’ve got a great organisation and in the main these situations don’t happen that often.
“When I was fortunate enough to manage in Spain for a year, the one thing that was completely different from the Premier League to LaLiga was that the Premier League’s organisation was fantastic.
“LaLiga was really late with organisation. When was the game going to be? Was it going to be 6pm, 10pm? Was it going to be Sunday, Monday, what day was it going to be?
“When I was out there it was the thing that annoyed me a little bit. I hope the Premier League is not going like that because I think they’ve got this one wrong. The lateness for the supporters is not correct.”
West Ham made a poor start to the 2022/23 campaign, losing their first three games.
But they have recovered of late, picking up a win over Aston Villa and a draw against Tottenham Hotspur.
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