David Moyes makes bold claim about West Ham's Marko Arnautovic

David Moyes looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Turf Moor on December 8, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

West Ham United paid £24m to sign Arnautovic from Stoke City and he produced his best Premier League displays under David Moyes at the London Stadium.

A dejected Marko Arnautovic of West Ham rests his head on the ball after missing a chance during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on...

Former West Ham United manager David Moyes believes Marko Arnautovic has the talent to play for any club in the Premier League, while speaking to Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (2 May, 9.30am).

West Ham paid a club-record fee of £24 million to sign the Austrian international from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 (Telegraph) though a player who has long had a reputation for being a ‘difficult’ character endured a dismal start to life at the London Stadium.

But Arnautovic was a man transformed when Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic at the helm a few months into his Hammers’ career.

 

The former Manchester United boss shifted Arnautovic from the wing to an orthodox centre-forward role and he responded with 11 Premier League goals.

The 30-year-old has struggled to find the same form since Moyes was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini last year, failing to find the target since 2 January.

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes (L) speaks with West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic (R) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham...

Yet, Moyes believes there is no doubt about Arnautovic’s talents, even if his performances of late have left a lot to be desired.

“He could play for any team in the Premier League. He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s a top player. (But) I don’t think he’s quite reached the standards (this season),” Moyes said of the former Inter Milan forward.

“He’s at times a strange character but a good boy.”

Arnautovic is expected to leave West Ham at the end of the season having flirted heavily with a move to China in January, a transfer saga that appears to have derailed his campaign.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on April 20, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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