By Sean Fisher

22nd Sep, 2022 | 9:00am

Nigel Winterburn: David Moyes must make crucial improvement at West Ham to avoid sack

After just one win in seven Premier League games, Nigel Winterburn wants to see David Moyes adjust his shape and formation at West Ham.

The Hammers have endured a frustrating start to the 2022/23 campaign, and currently sit in the relegation zone after earning just four points in seven games.

Moyes invested heavily over the summer, bringing the likes of Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet to the London Stadium, but the Scot hasn’t yet figured out how to implement them into his side.

It’s something that will need sorting quickly according to former West Ham defender Winterburn, who claimed fans will become nervy if the Hammers fail to win any of their next three fixtures.

“You must get your shape and formation right, but you also have to have that belief,” Winterburn told PaddyPower, as quoted by football.london.

“David Moyes will need to earn his money now because he’s done a terrific job at West Ham, but he has to galvanise this squad and get them going again.

“If they get to 10 games in and they’re still struggling, the West Ham fans might get a bit nervy.”

Unleash the signings

Moyes has always shown patience with new signings at West Ham, and his plan was clearly to bed them in by giving them minutes in the Europa Conference League before introducing them to the Premier League.

But Moyes has been let down by the old guard. He trusted many of last season’s team against Everton and the side looked terribly slow and sloppy.

In contrast, the Hammers have been flying in Europe, with Scamacca and Cornet both thriving.

Moyes clearly wants to build up fitness and confidence before unleashing his new stars in the league, but he’s running out of time to do it. There’s no way he should get the sack anytime soon, but pressure is certainly mounting and he’d hugely regret not playing his new signings if he was dismissed from his role.

With the international break giving Moyes plenty of time to plan ahead, the Hammers boss needs to not only make sure that the formation and shape are functional, but also that his team selection involves his most in-form players.