By Noel Whelan

1st Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Whelan 'amazed' by West Ham after Moyes 'rids of deadwood'

Noel Whelan has insisted fourth-placed West Ham can go “really far” this season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Hammers have transformed their identity under David Moyes.

West Ham claimed their fourth win in five games last night after recording a 4-1 win over Aston Villa, moving them three points clear of fifth-place Man United.

The east London side have picked up the third-most Premier League points during this calendar year (62), highlighting their transformation into one of England’s top sides (Transfermarkt).

West Ham secured the signings of Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral during the off-season to bolster their squad.

Whelan suggested the “well-drilled” Hammers could finish strongly in all competitions, despite their competition on four fronts this term.

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“They’re putting more pressure on the top four,” he told Football Insider.

“What they’re doing with the way they play and their destructive nature is amazing – they showed that against Aston Villa.

“The belief in themselves and each other is key and they are enjoying their football.

“You have to praise what David Moyes has done in getting rid of the deadwood from the European countries. He’s changed the identity and brought through some really good players.

“He’s built a team which know exactly what is expected of them – they are a well-drilled machine.

“Defensively they are hard to break down and going forward it’s a joy to watch – they are given such freedom.

“Set plays are also massive for them, they have scored countless times from those dead-ball situations.

“They’re a really tough and exciting outfit to play against and they could go really far this season, in all competitions.”

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