By Sam Stone

20th Sep, 2022 | 10:02am

Ally McCoist highlights fixture congestion as reason for West Ham United poor form

Ally McCoist believes fixture congestion could be an “element” of West Ham United’s disappointing early season form.

The Hammers are currently 18th in the Premier League with just one win from their seven matches with just three goals scored.

However, McCoist believes that their Europa Conference League participation is making life difficult for David Moyes and his players.

Talking on talkSPORT Breakfast [20 September], McCoist said: “I think there’s an element of the Thursday/Sunday, I really do and it’s very difficult for teams.”

“It’s tough for teams like West Ham, however, I can understand David Moyes’ disappointment about the performance.

“You can give a reason about travelling in Europe and all of that stuff, but at the same time they need to be putting in a better level of performance, there’s no doubt about that.

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“He’s right about his assessment of the first half where both teams were poor but Everton were just slightly better.”

Needs to click

Something really does need to click for Moyes after the international break with the Hammers’ first seven games proving to be a real cause for concern.

Their displays in Europe have been good, but the opposition they’re facing are of a significantly lower standard compared to what they’re used to in the Premier League.

Moyes has been honest in his assessment of their current performance, with the Scot brandishing their Everton display as “not good enough” as Neal Maupay’s second-half strike earnt the Toffees a vital three points.

The Hammers have travelled a lot in recent weeks but Moyes has spent nearly £150million over the summer window to add more strength in depth to his squad.

It will take time for his new signings to really bed in at the London Stadium and the Scot has to be given the chance to turn it around. West Ham’s more experienced players such as Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek really need to up their performance in the coming weeks and relieve the growing pressure on Moyes.