Forget Payet: The West Ham newbie to fire the Hammers to success

West Ham have been one of the surprise packages of the new Premier League campaign so far, with Slaven Bilic’s men already beating Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home in their first seven games.

With a move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon and as talented a squad now as at any time in recent memory, the Boleyn Ground faithful have every reason to feel optimistic about this term and the club’s future.

One reason that the Hammers have progressed over recent times has been ambitious moves in the transfer market, with the likes of Alex Song, Dimitri Payet and Angelo Ogbonna adding real quality to the first team.

Despite the fact that the Upton Park outfit have looked to the foreign market to add new faces to their squad, one of the most exciting additions to arrive at West Ham over the summer comes from closer to home.

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Bilic’s side completed the loan signing of Victor Moses on transfer deadline day from London rivals Chelsea, and the early signs are that the Nigeria international is motivated to prove a point.

Moses has been a prodigious talent since his days of stepping out and starring for the England U17’s side, with the versatile forward tipped to be a fully fledged Three Lions international of the future.

His promise was painstakingly clear at Crystal Palace, while Roberto Martinez got the forward firing at Wigan Athletic and offered him regular Premier League football.

However, since the 24-year-old opted to move to Chelsea in 2012, his career has stagnated to some degree. The sheer number of top-class attackers at Stamford Bridge has restricted Moses to a bit-part role in west London.

The winger has only made 23 Premier League appearances for the Blues in the last three years and has spent the majority of his time on loan elsewhere.

Moses did impress when given the chance to play in the Europa League for Chelsea under Rafa Benitez, but following Jose Mourinho’s reappointment the African forward has been a forgotten man.

A temporary deal at Liverpool started well but tailed off to become forgettable, while last season at Stoke the 24-year-old struggled to build momentum or a run of games.

Moses has started his time at West Ham in significantly more impressive fashion, playing three games for the Hammers and looking like a dangerous wideman.

In his debut for the London club, the Kaduna-born man ran rings around the experienced Daryl Janmaat, with Moses playing a key role in the 2-0 win over Newcastle. The following week the versatile forward got his first goal for Bilic’s men, scoring in an astonishing 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Moving forward, the Hammers will look to give Moses plenty of game time, get him on the ball and have him threatening the opposition.

Although the likes of Payet may well have captured the most headlines so far for the London side, Moses has the drive and purpose to inspire his adopted team to a vastly successful campaign.

 


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