Speaking to the official West Ham website, Matthew Etherington has praised the wide players in the Hammers squad, suggesting that this is one of the best squads the East London side have had for a number of years.
When asked if this was West Ham’s best side in recent history, Etherington said: “I completely agree. Looking at it from a winger’s point of view, they’ve signed Moses, who I think is a very, very good player, and he can win games on his own. They’ve got the lad from Forest, Antonio, and he looks a very good signing and Lanzini has done really well. There’s competition out wide, and I agree that it’s probably one of the best squads they’ve had for a long time.”
Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini all arrived at the Hammers over the summer, with Moses and Lanzini coming to the Boleyn Ground on season-long loans, whilst Antonio signed permanently from Nottingham Forest.
So far, it has been Moses and Lanzini who have excelled, far outperforming any sort of expectations that fans had of them, in a system which requires the wingers to be top class.
They have to both attack and defend in Slaven Bilic’s tactical set-up, and both have established themselves as key players by having an impact in all parts of play.
This strength in starting players has had an impact all throughout the squad as well, with Etherington claiming that this squad is one of the best the Hammers have had for a number of years.
The likes of Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Enner Valenciam Antonio and even Dimitri Payet can play in those wide roles, all up to a Premier League standard, depending upon the tactical decisions needed for any specific game.
The Hammers look well set to continue their ascent up the Premier League table, and their squad has all that is required to become a real force in the coming years.