David Moyes believes West Ham’s top players have been below par this season after defeat to his former club Everton left them in the bottom three.
West Ham have only had one Premier League win and just three goals and while Moyes has spent £150m on new signings, he thinks part of the problem lies in the performance of the players who have taken them to sixth in the past two seasons. and seventh place.
Moyes believes they can reach such levels again and said it is his responsibility to keep them performing again.
“The players who played last year are below their level,” he said. “We’ve shown signs that we’re getting back on track, but I don’t think we did that today. I need them to play at their best. I’m the one taking responsibility and I need them back to that level soon to get.
“We have to keep going and keep doing the work. The players have responded well over the past two or three years and there is no reason why they can’t reach those heights again.”
Moyes felt his side was influenced by their efforts in the Europa Conference League after beating Silkeborg on Thursday, but as he wants to play in continental competitions every year, he thinks it’s something they need to get used to.
“The truthful answer would be yes, but I don’t want to give it up, so why use it as an excuse?” he said.
He felt a draw would have been a fairer result at Goodison Park, adding: “We didn’t play well. I also think Everton didn’t play well. It was a tight game. Did we deserve to win? No. Did we deserve to lose? Probably not.”