David Moyes believes that the January signings of Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek kept West Ham in the Premier League last season.
Bowen and Soucek arrived at the London Stadium from Hull and Slavia Prague respectively in January as an upturn in form saw the Hammers avoid relegation.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Moyes credited his side’s survival to the acquisition of both players.
He said, “The introductions in January – I think if we’d not brought Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek in we’d not have been in the Premier League.
“Those signings made such a difference to us, gave us another dimension and it was something we were able to build on and we grew in confidence from it.”
Soucek and Bowen have been in good form this season too as West Ham look to continue their recent run of good results when they face Sheffield United on Sunday.
Bowen has three goals in eight Premier League games this season while Soucek scored his first of the campaign in the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Fulham in their last league outing.
The Czech international scored three in 13 league games last season and his goals secured four vital points for his new side as he rescued a point against Newcastle and scored one of the Hammers’ goals in the 3-2 win over Chelsea.
They are both proving to be quality additions to a Hammers side that was lacking creativity and they have been at the forefront of West Ham’s development this season.
If Bowen and Soucek can keep up their fantastic form then the Hammers will be well clear of a relegation battle this season and the main problem will be keeping hold of two outstanding players.
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