West Ham boss David Moyes shares brutal 'forgotten about' view after Declan Rice move to Arsenal
David Moyes is pleased with the way West Ham have ensured Declan Rice will soon be “quickly forgotten about” at the London Stadium.
Rice’s high-profile move to London rivals Arsenal hardly came out of the blue, but it left the Hammers in need of a midfield replacement or two.
They arrived in the form of Edson Alvarez and James Ward-Prowse, both of whom have made quite the impact so far.
The performances of the new arrivals have contributed to an impressive start to the Premier League season for United, who appear to have a better balance now than they did last season.
While Moyes was not aiming his comments directly at Rice, but giving a more general view of what it is like to lose a key player, it certainly rings true.
“Years ago this club lost Dimitri Payet, who was probably the talisman. But the club has to move on and that’s what happens in football,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail [15 September].
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“You’re quite quickly forgotten about and we have to find a team and a way of playing that suits the players we have.”
This is not to say supporters would not have loved to have seen Rice stay in East London.
But there was an acceptance he had to move on this summer, and the £105million cash windfall his exit brought to the club has been put to good use.
It goes to show that, while the memories will last forever, no player is truly indispensable.
In other West Ham news, Moyes is reportedly aiming to make his side “less reliant” on one aspect.