Martin Keown not convinced by West Ham United summer signing Thilo Kehrer amid poor results
Martin Keown has admitted that he isn’t convinced by Thilo Kehrer at West Ham after their poor start to the season so far.
The Hammers signed the Germany international from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and he has been a regular member of the team at centre-back so far, with David Moyes’ side losing five of their opening seven Premier League games.
But speaking on talkSPORT with Stuart Pearce and Jim White, Keown said [30 September, 12:44] that he wasn’t “completely certain” on him yet and questioned if the summer signings were good enough to be starters, while claiming that this is a “big bump” in the road of the squad’s development.
“It’s interesting because in the last years he sort of was getting even better wasn’t he, as a manager,” he said.
“Maturing, developing. His wide players were no longer rigid. I like the way his wide players would, whether it was Benrahma or Bowen, would move in off the lines and create extra numbers.
“But you know when making the next step, they’ve lost five games this season. And it is, obviously we talk about bumps in the road, this is a big one.
“These new acquisitions, how many of those are really good enough to take the first-team places away from the Fornals, the Bowens, the Antonios? Is it about the recruitment that takes them to the next level? Because we know Rice and Soucek in the midfield, that’s the engine room.
“I’ve seen Kehrer come in in central defence and I’m not completely certain [on him].”
West Ham spent a tonne of money during the summer window, breaking their own record for money spent in one market, but they addressed a lot of key areas.
A striker was signed, a winger was signed, some defenders were signed and competition for places was addressed too, after criticisms last season that the starting lineup had become predictable.
But Kehrer was forced into the team quickly because of injuries and wasn’t given a bedding in period like some other signings were afforded.
The team isn’t playing well, but with so many new pieces in the squad they need time to gel and understand the manager’s ideas, but that isn’t an excuse for the poor performances so far.
Moyes needs to get the team firing and quickly, with concerns about his stability in the job, and if Kehrer can improve his form that would be a good start to doing that.