Expert issues 'dangerous' West Ham verdict after Moyes transfer reveal
West Ham manager David Moyes and his Premier League counterparts are wrong to call for January signings to be banned from rearranged fixtures, according to Kevin Phillips.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said “it’s a dangerous route to go down” with clubs “paying a lot of money” for new signings.
As quoted by the Telegraph (7 January), Moyes revealed he “totally agrees” with the stance that January signings should effectively be cup tied for rearranged league games.
A host of games were postponed by the Premier League in December due to Covid outbreaks.
Under current rules, players such as Aston Villa’s Philippe Coutinho and Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier would be eligible to play in rearranged matches.
When asked by Football Insider for his view on the topic, Phillips said: “Listen, I understand where Moyes is coming from.
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“I understand why he said it but it’s a dangerous route to go down. Clubs are paying a lot of money to get players through the door. To say they cannot play them in a game that was postponed weeks ago, for matters outside of their control, I think is the wrong approach.
“There has been so many fixtures postponed. A player coming in might not play for ages.
“I can understand why Moyes has said that. He will not want to play against strengthened teams.
“I don’t think that should be the case though. It is unfortunate but they should be allowed to play. It is what it is. Deal with it. It is the same for everyone.”