By Azeem Siddiqui

30th Sep, 2022 | 1:10pm

West Ham United facing problems with no new signings hitting the ground running - Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson believes West Ham United’s new signings are not working and it is increasing problems for David Moyes at the London Stadium.

The Hammers were pretty active in the recently concluded transfer window where they signed eight first-team players.

Johnson, while talking to SafeBettingSites as quoted by Evening Standard, stated that normally, even when a lot of players arrive, some of them are expected to fire.

“They went quite deep in the Europa League on a light squad,” he said. “West Ham have got a lot of new faces and unfortunately, not many of them are firing.

“Just when you think ‘they’ve got some more legs in there, they’ve got a bigger squad and they can kick on now’, actually the opposite has happened.

“It’s normal for a couple of new signings to not hit the ground running, but you normally expect some of them to do the opposite.”

Problem

Going by what Johnson said, it is actually very true that none of West Ham’s new signings has hit the ground running. It is often the case that when a club sign a lot of players, not all of them start performing from the word go.

What happened with Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013 was a primary example of that where they ended up using all the money they got from selling Gareth Bale but except Christian Eriksen, none of the players really managed to live up to the hype.

While it is too early to claim that the same is happening at West Ham this season, the starting has been nothing short of disappointing for nearly all the players.

Therefore, the responsibility lies on Moyes to ensure that the new arrivals gel with the players who are already there at the club and help the side in getting back to the previous best.