David Moyes has insisted that his in-form West Ham side can be even better, the Hammers currently in fifth and just two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
After a turbulent summer at the London Stadium, few anticipated such a successful season for the club, with many doubting whether the returning Moyes was the man to take the club forward.
Those doubts have been well and truly quashed after a superb first half of the season, with Moyes’ men currently well-placed for European qualification, while they have also already picked up 38 points, just one point less than their entire tally for last term.
The Hammers now look a really impressive and well-organised outfit, with the likes of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek putting in some really eye-catching displays in the centre of midfield, while new man Jesse Lingard netted a brace on his first appearance since his loan move from Manchester United.
While Moyes’ side certainly won’t be getting ahead of themselves with still so much of the season to play, there are a lot of promising signs, with the former Everton boss insisting that there is still ‘more to come’ from his players.
“I think our players are not fully aware yet of what they are capable of,” Moyes said in an interview with Sky Sports. “I think there’s more to come – and because of that, it gives me a great deal of excitement we can be better again.
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“We need to keep up the good form, keep free of injury and all these things which can deter teams or knock you off line a little bit. If we can come through that then I think we’ve got a really good chance of trying to hang in there.
“If you had given us top half of the league before the season started I think we would all have shook your hand and said ‘thanks very much’. But we just need to see where we can go from here.”
The season has seen the Hammers seamlessly switch between a back four and a back five, with Moyes stating that such flexibility is vital if they want to keep performing.
“I don’t think we are at a stage yet where we can say this is our team and this is what we do,” the West Ham boss added. “We are still on a journey of having to play against really good teams and trying to cope with a lot of their strengths.
“But the flexibility – I said right at the start of the season we might play four at the back, we might play five at the back in different situations and it’s turned out to be the case.
“I think there is much more flexibility in the Premier League generally with teams and Fredericks gave us a chance to play him as a wide right player and help us in different ways and he didn’t disappoint us.
“That’s what you need from your squad, to know you have got players who can come in and do different jobs.”
Next up for the Hammers is a London derby against a struggling Fulham.
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