Why West Ham’s most important signing of the season is Victor Moses, not Payet

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West Ham United’s Victor Moses offers something different for Slaven Bilic’s men.

West Ham United had a terrific summer on the transfer front, bringing in renowned names such as Alex Song, Angelo Ogbonna and of course attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet.

Payet, a big-money addition from Marseille, has been brilliant so far this season – scoring five goals and contributing with a further three assists in nine Premier League starts.

West Ham’s compact midfield and counterattacking style simply gets the best out of Payet, especially on the road as he can sit in the number 10 role and wreak havoc in the final third.

The Hammers’ recorded wins at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal using such a system.

However, when the onus has been on them to attack, they previously struggled with home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth real blemishes on what has been a superb start to the season.

West Ham simply lacked width in both games, and they themselves were caught out on the counter.

Something needed to change, and Bilic found the perfect answer by bringing in talented winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan deal from fellow Londoners Chelsea.

Moses may not have made much of an impression during his spells at Chelsea and Liverpool, yet he’s perfect for West Ham and allows Bilic to alter his system depending on the opposition.

From using a compact midfield when up against it, he can now deploy Moses and Manuel Lanzini in wide areas to really stretch the opposition when adopting a more attacking approach.

The former Wigan star’s impact has been evident as in his five games in a Hammers shirt, the East Londoners have won three and drawn two – a run which has taken them in to the top four.

Payet is undoubtedly West Ham’s best signing in terms of ability and individual output, yet Moses is the most important as his presence allows Bilic to change dimensions and overcome the difficulty of facing teams who will look to sit back and frustrate his side.

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