David Moyes is an “incredible” manager and he is correct to target the Championship in his search for a new West Ham striker.
That is according to ex-England right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Eurosport revealed the Hammers were eyeing a move for in-form Brentford goalscorer Ivan Toney.
Toney has been in stunning form in the Championship this season, netting 23 times and assisting nine in 29 appearances.
West Ham opted not to sign a striker in January despite Michail Antonio being the only centre-forward at the club following Sebastien Haller’s mid-season departure to Ajax.
Mills says West Ham are wise to look to the Championship for recruitment and in Moyes they have a superb manager capable of developing players for the better.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Brentford will be delighted, I’m sure. They’ve already taken one of them [Benrahma] and now they’re in for another.
“David Moyes is a fantastic manager and exceptional man-manager. He’s a really nice guy and his football knowledge is incredible. He’s amazingly hard-working and he knows the game inside-out.
“He has a certain style of play. Everyone says ‘Oh, West Ham are playing in this old fashioned way.’ What, hard work and closing people down? I’m sure that’s just football… Hard work’s become an old fashioned thing has it? I’m not sure, I think you’ll find it’s been around for quite a long time actually.
“That’s what he demands from his players. He looks for players who’ve got talent, around the world and particularly in the lower leagues as you say, and says ‘You’ve got ability.’
“He can hone that talent because they’ve got the work-rate, dedication and desire. They can come to a club where they have better players around them and they will improve.”
West Ham are currently flying high in 6th place in the Premier League, one point outside the top four.
A point or better against Sheffield United would see them surpass their tally for the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign after just 24 games.