By Olly Allen

23rd Nov, 2021 | 6:15am

Report reveals West Ham have one of the smallest squads in the world

West Ham have used the fewest number of players in Europe’s top five leagues over the last year, according to research carried out by the CIES Football Observatory.

The report details how David Moyes has only given league minutes to 25 players since November 2020, the same number as Manchester City.

The average number of players used by Premier League clubs was 31, with Watford recording the largest roster with 42.

The Hammers’ tally is actually only higher than 14 topflight teams around the world, with the majority of those below them hailing from Finland or the Faroe Islands.

Worry for Moyes

So far this season, West Ham’s small squad has not really hampered them. In fact, it has been quite the opposite.

Moyes has relied on a core group of players, making very few changes between Premier League games. It has allowed the team to gel and build momentum and the results are there for all to see; the Hammers are fourth in the table after the opening 12 matches.

However, one certainly feels that as the campaign progresses – and as the club continue to compete in both domestic cup competitions and in Europe – a lack of depth in key areas could be the club’s downfall.

Angelo Ogbonna’s season-ending ACL injury leaves Moyes short of cover at centre-back, a situation that could be made even worse if Issa Diop earns a first callup for Morocco for January’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The other big question mark comes upfront, where Michail Antonio is West Ham’s only out and out centre forward. An injury to the Jamaican international could wreck their season.

Utilising the January transfer window will certainly be key for the Hammers to ensure they maintain their strong performances throughout the season.

In other West Ham news, Danny Murphy has commented on the transfer speculation around one Hammers ace.

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