COMMENT By Danny Wright
David Moyes is the man that the board have tasked with saving West Ham from Premier League relegation this season, and the Scot must already have one eye on the upcoming January transfer window to help him turn the club’s fortunes around.
The newly-appointed Hammers boss must find a way to get the best out of the summer signings that have so far disappointed, with one of them being Javier Hernandez.
Hernandez, 29, is yet to really show any signs of the player he once was at Manchester United but that is largely down to the lack of support he has been given from his team-mates.
Moyes needs an answer to this problem. And that answer lies in one of his former clubs at Real Sociedad.
When Moyes made his managerial debut in La Liga, he managed to mastermind a 3-0 hammering of Elche, and who was on the scoresheet that day? Carlos Vela – with a hat-trick.
Moyes must do whatever it takes to bring his former attacker back to the Premier League in January and partner him up with Hernandez in a double Mexican strikeforce that would see the Hammers propel themselves up the table with the ex-Bayer Leverkusen star firing on all cylinders once again.
Both Vela and Hernandez have played side-by-side for Mexico for the past seven years and that is the kind of understanding that doesn’t exist between Chicharito and any of his current team-mates at the London Stadium.
Vela may also be an easy buy for the Hammers considering Sociedad’s reluctance to play him this season.
Even though he has made 244 appearances for the Spanish side since joining them from Arsenal in 2012 – in which he has scored a stunning 72 goals and supplied 45 assists – he has been used more of a squad player this term, starting just two times.
Moyes has a lot of work to do in his time at West Ham and it won’t be a quick fix.
If the club is still struggling by January he will have to dip his toes into the transfer market and where best to go than somewhere you used to manage for a player who is experienced in the Premier League, an experienced partner of Hernandez and a proven source of goals and assists.
In other West Ham news, Sam Allardyce has explained how Moyes will win over the Hammers supporters.