Should West Ham be concerned by David Moyes' omission of Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri?

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at Stadium of Light on May 13, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

The 'West Ham Way' relies upon creative and attacking football - pretty much the opposite of the dross Moyes served up at Sunderland.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

There was no shortage of reasons for Sunderland fans to criticise David Moyes.

But beyond the fact that he brought an end to their ten-year stay in the Premier League via depressing results and even worse football, beyond the downbeat attitude that appeared to foster a defeatist mentality from the get-go, Moyes omission of Sunderland’s one truly creative player was nothing short of mystifying.

Alongside fellow January signings Jan Kirchhoff and Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri played a major role in Sunderland’s great escape under Sam Allardyce in the 2015/16 season.

Wahbi Khazri of Sunderland celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier m

As The Guardian reports, the £9 million former Bordeaux winger made a real impact at the Stadium of Light, providing skill and vision in attack. Once the England job came calling for Allardyce, however, and Moyes arrived in his place, Khazri went from key player to forgotten Sunderland man.

The Tunisian started just seven Premier League games in 2016/17, despite Sunderland’s galling lack of cutting edge in the final third.

Moyes argued in April that Khazri had justified his long-awaited recall in a 2-2 draw with West Ham, in which he scored direct from a corner, but, by that point, Sunderland’s season was beyond repair.

Wahbi Khazri of Sunderland takes on Lewis Stevenson of Hibernian in the first half during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in...

So Moyes’ new employers, West Ham, should perhaps be wary that he will have the same blunting effect on the sharpest creative minds in their squad. How will the likes of Manuel Lanzini fare, for instance, if the Scot once again turns to the backs-against-the-wall, passive pragmatism that had Sunderland hanging on in the hope of a 0-0 every week?

Since Khazri left Sunderland for Rennes in the summer, he has looked sharp and creative once more, scoring twice in six Ligue 1 games. And if Moyes is to avoid alienating an already sceptical West Ham fanbase, he must avoid giving The Hammers’ most gifted players ‘the Khazri treatment’.

After all, omitting creative and stylish attacking players is hardly the 'West Ham way'

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