By Adefunmiloye Alani

1st Dec, 2021 | 11:40am

Joleon Lescott: West Ham have to back David Moyes in January

Joleon Lescott has claimed that David Moyes wants to win the Europa League with West Ham this season, urging the club to back him.

The Hammers are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table after 14 games, and the BT Sport pundit, who starred under Moyes at Everton, has told LiveScore that making some solid additions to their squad next month could bolster their chances of ending the campaign on a flying note.

West Ham will be challenging in four competitions at the start of 2022, and they will need to have enough legs for the daunting tasks ahead.

Lescott said: “It looks like we’re set for a three-way title race — but the battle for fourth could end up being just as interesting.

“Another club I expect to strengthen in January are West Ham because they’re competing on several fronts and it’s certain to take its toll at some point.

“I’ve played in Europe under David Moyes and I’ll tell you now, he is not just there to enjoy it — he wants to win!

“West Ham winning the Europa League would be a generational moment for their supporters and Moysey will not prioritise finishing fourth over their European campaign.

“Therefore, if the owners want to give him the best possible chance of maintaining the success, he needs to be backed with some quality additions.”

Possibly

West Ham last won a major silverware in 1980, and it is safe to say they are overdue for celebrations.

Having booked a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League and set up a date with Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup quarter-finals, ending up the campaign with two trophies cannot be ruled out for the Hammers.

With automatic Champions League football guaranteed next season if they win the Europa League, Moyes will most likely be prioritising the competition more than others.

They are unbeaten in the competition after an impressive group stage campaign and will fancy their chances against any team drawn against them in the last-32.

However, they will need to bolster their ranks during the January transfer window to have a realistic chance of strongly challenging across all fronts.

Injuries and fatigue cannot be overlooked heading into the second half of the campaign, and getting two or three quality players on board could make a big difference in the long run.

In other West Ham news, an amazing attacker is making personal arrangements for Hammers switch in January.

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