Frank McAvennie thrilled by West Ham squad work ethic

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie is blown away by the work ethic shown by West Ham players, especially in the 2-1 win at Burnley on Monday.

Michail Antonio’s two first-half goals helped the Irons come from behind to win all three points at Turf Moor and keep themselves within touching distance of the Champions League qualification spots.

McAvennie has doubts about whether David Moyes can take the Hammers into Europe’s top competition but is still thrilled with the dogged determination shown by the squad and, in particular, more technically gifted players like Manuel Lanzini, Said Benrahma and Jesse Lingard.

“In years gone by, West Ham go one goal down, they would have crumbled – especially at Burnley. But they showed the fight, the belief and the togetherness that they’ve got. I’m delighted for them,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

McAvennie added: “It’s great to watch. Ex-players keep saying you’ve got to do the dirty work or the hard graft and that’s not kicking people, it’s just covering people, stopping their cross and helping your pals.

“That’s the dirty side people don’t notice as much but my god, they’re all working at West Ham.

“I’m delighted he can play boys like Lanzini, like Benrahma and like Lingard who can all play in the same team.

“I keep saying it but it’s hard to get a result at Burnley because they’re right in your face but I’m absolutely delighted with the result.

“Can we get top-four? I don’t know.”

A lot of this has to be down to Moyes, doesn’t it?

While you would naturally expect players to put in 110 per cent effort for every single second they’re on the pitch due to the money they’re paid, for everyone to do it in tandem shows that there’s a special aura coming from the top.

Moyes has been magnificent since returning to East London and thoroughly deserves to win the Premier League’s manager of the year award.

Without him in charge, we wouldn’t have won or even earned a point at Burnley.

He’s instilled a winning mentality at the club and a never-say-die attitude, which we really lacked under Manuel Pellegrini.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have been tipped to beat Aston Villa to this “major signing”.

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