The Last Word: ‘Moyes can’t keep blaming his regulars, the buck stops with him’

Things will need to change in a hurry if we are not to be in for the sort of season we have suffered so regularly in the past.

David Moyes (West Ham manager) Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa manager) at the Aston Villa v West Ham United EPL match, at Villa Park, Birmingham, UK on August 28, 2022.

David Moyes claimed following the Everton game that his regulars let him down, as he did after the Brighton game last season when we missed out on the Europa League.

The big question, as a result of this observation, is why does he continue to use players who are clearly well below their best? I’m not really expecting an answer to that one.

He has named no names but it’s pretty apparent to anyone with a pair of eyes that Tomas Soucek has gone so far backwards he is almost out of sight to the player we saw a couple of seasons back.

There are excuses for Coufal following a two month lay-off through injury but one wonders whether Soucek’s problems revolve around any issues he may have with the manager which saw plenty of stories written in the summer.

They were claiming he would not receive a new deal and that he was unhappy at comments the manager had made about his abilities but with neither Declan Rice or Jarrod Bowen anywhere near the level we would have expected or have seen, there may be more to it than that.

Maybe Mark Noble’s influence is being missed in the dressing room, maybe the new players aren’t of the quality required but how will we know if the likes of Downes – who had such an outstanding Conference game – aren’t used.

Not himself

Bowen is simply not himself at all and Moyes has spoken in the past of maybe Antonio and Scamacca playing but it hasn’t been tried.

The manager has regularly explained that he is trying to change the style of a team which reached the Europa League semi final and missed out so narrowly last term.

Let down by the regulars might be a tad unfair.

Things will need to change in a hurry if we are not to be in for the sort of season we have suffered so regularly in the past. Only time will tell if Moyes can manage it.

The reality is that ultimately it has to be the manager’s job to get it right as in any walk of life and if it doesn’t come together – which of course it might – he will take and accept any consequences which come his way.

Don’t expect them for a while, should that be the case however, as Gold and Sullivan are very reluctant sackers.

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