How West Ham could line up against Southampton after David Moyes’ transfer deadline day deals

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West Ham took a little while to get going in the transfer window but once they did the Hammers were extremely successful in identifying and solving almost all of their squad issues.

The one question mark for the Hammers and David Moyes remains over the lack of options in attack were Michail Antonio to pick up an injury.

New signing Nikola Vlasic can play through the middle but his preferred position is behind a striker. Jarrod Bowen is another option for Moyes but he is more effective when coming off the right.

Despite no out-and-out striker arriving, West Ham’s transfer business has thrilled Hammers fans and has set the squad up nicely for the challenges ahead.

Vlasic was joined by Alex Kral at the London Stadium on the final day of the transfer window, with the pair signing just three days after Kurt Zouma was confirmed as a Hammer.

Moyes’ backline was further strengthened earlier in the transfer window with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s loan with an obligation to buy deal being agreed with Paris Saint-Germain.

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Craig Dawson, whilst having already spent a season on loan with the Hammers, was registered over the summer as a permanent signing and completed the first-team transfer business.

Promising teenage trio Thierry Nevers, Pierre Ekwah and Armstrong Okoflex will all begin their Hammers journey with the U23 team. However, having impressed during pre-season, they may make a case for first-team inclusion sooner rather than later.

Moyes has a history of easing new signings into his team gradually, as was the case with Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson last season. With West Ham taking seven points from nine in the opening three league matches wholesale changes are not expected against Southampton.

Vlasic, Kral and Areola may well all have to settle for spots on the bench, with Dawson potentially joining them.

The one new signing expected to be thrown straight into the team is Zouma.

Dawson had a shaky second half against Crystal Palace last time out and although Moyes did not single out the defender for criticism, the manager was unhappy with the defence as a whole for giving away ‘two really soft goals’.

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After conceding five goals in the opening three matches Zouma is expected to come straight into the team and Dawson is the man likely to give way.

Having spent the first few weeks of the season on the bench, Areola will be chomping at the bit to get a run in the first team and if he is not given that opportunity against Southampton it will surely come soon after.

The Hammers’ Europa League campaign gets underway on September 16 and the Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United is on September 22. There is a strong chance Areola will be Moyes’ cup goalkeeper to start with, before potentially pushing Lukasz Fabianski into the number two role in the Premier League.

West Ham have a hectic September with six matches in 20 days and Hammers fans can look forward to seeing four first-team debuts sooner rather than later.

Source by Football London

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