By Dan Carter

15th Sep, 2023 | 7:40am

Journalist shares West Ham 'double digits' verdict for Mohammed Kudus

Dean Jones has suggested that West Ham United will afford Mohammed Kudus time to adapt to the Premier League following his arrival at the London Stadium, despite hoping he’ll reach 10 goals this season.

The Ghana international joined the Hammers ranks from Ajax this summer for a reported fee of £38 million [Sky Sports] but has so far only appeared in a short cameo from the bench in the Hammers’ win over Luton Town.

Kudus has been in fine form during the international break, scoring twice in two matches, but journalist Jones has said that he believes David Moyes and those above him at West Ham aren’t looking to put too much pressure on their new signing.

Speaking to Give Me Sport on Thursday (14 September) Jones said: “If he can get into double digits for West Ham I think that should probably be the aim, but I also think his expectation should be tempered in the early weeks. I think that it’s going to take him a little bit of time to settle.

“They don’t want everybody to think he’s like a magician who can just come in and do all sorts of crazy stuff and score hat-tricks every week, They’ve got a variety of different roles that they think he might be capable of playing, and there’s going to be a little bit of trial and error I think in the first few weeks.”

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West Ham have had experience of players coming to the Premier League with plenty of expectation and then failing to live up to it, Gianluca Scamacca being the most recent example of somebody who never hit the heights that were anticipated in claret and blue.

The advantage Moyes and his side have this season is that their good form in the early stages of the campaign means that fans and pundits alike aren’t clamouring for a hero to come and save the Hammers from relegation.

Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma and Lucas Paqueta have all started the season well in attacking roles and it seems unlikely that Moyes will want to drop any of his regular starters to fit Kudus in given the Hammers’ unbeaten start.

The 23-year-old has incredible ability and likely before long will be a permanent fixture of the West Ham attack, but the Hammers have created the perfect environment to slowly bed him into proceedings.

In other West Ham news, one international hammer has earned a place in the Sofascore team of the week