Moyes addresses speculation suggesting he is under pressure at West Ham

The club were amongst Europe’s highest spenders over the course of the summer but have struggled to back that up during the early stages of the season, winning just one of their opening seven games.

Following the loss away at Everton before the international break, the 59-year-old blamed some of his key players, suggesting they had let him down. Most of his new signings, meanwhile, are yet to convince.

As such, reports have suggested Moyes’ future could come under scrutiny if the Scot cannot yield an improvement from his side during what looks like a relatively favourable run of fixtures.

On Saturday, the Hammers host fellow strugglers Wolves before games against Fulham, Southampton and Bournemouth, albeit there is also a trip to Liverpool to navigate.

Since returning to club in 2019, Moyes has overseen two successful seasons in charge, leading West Ham into the Premier League’s top six and seven, as well as into last year’s Europa League semi-final.

Speaking at Friday’s pre-match press conference, Moyes said: “I think if you look back a couple of years, if you said West Ham had gone this far up the table you’d say that’s really good.

“We want to challenge there, we want to stay there. We haven’t got off to as good a start as we’ve wanted – we’ve played more games than any other Premier League club, we started the season with one fit centre back and we’re trying to integrate seven or eight players, so there are reasons.

“But I know I’m judged on results and they need to get better.”

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