Tim Steidten wants to keep 23-year-old at West Ham against his wishes

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When West Ham employed Tim Steidten as their new technical director, the expectation that he might bring in some top talent was quickly realised.

Names such as Edson Alvarez and Mo Kudus boosted the Hammers ranks – and how!

West Ham can’t buy a win at present

Despite a horrendous drop off from David Moyes’ men since the New Year – the East Londoners haven’t won a game in any competition in 2024 – there can’t really be too much blame attached to Steidten.

If anything, it would appear that the style of play which Moyes insists upon isn’t conducive to getting the best out of the new signings, James Ward-Prowse included.

The Athletic (subscription required) also allege that there have been arguments between Moyes and Steidten over transfer targets, suggesting that, in fact, the Scot doesn’t appreciate anyone meddling in what he would appear to believe is his domain.

The outlet also go on to note that Steidten wants 23-year-old Ben Johnson to stay at the club.

West Ham defender Ben Johnson

Johnson has turned down two contract offers so far and his current one ends following the conclusion of the 2023/24 season, so Steidten will need to work hard and fast if he wants to convince the defender that his future is at the London Stadium.

Perhaps the removal of Moyes, whose own contract is due to end at the same time, would go some way to convincing him Johnson to stay put.

That scenario would certainly strengthen Steidten’s own position and perhaps keep him from Liverpool’s clutches in the process.

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  1. I thought Johnson was one of our best players when he played left-midfield. He has the athleticism too, easily surging past players with sheer acceleration and speed. Good long passes (bad short passes), nice control and has a solid shot. Improve dribbling skills, even better tight control, a season concentrating on a midfield role and he could become a real handful and influence a match I reckon… but then what the heck do I know?

  2. Everyone who works with Moyes wants to quit . This can’t be good for Westham . Every single young player , Steidten plus backroom staff and most of the signings after a year or so realize that Westham under Moyes is a dead end . Solution; sack Moyes . His replacement can’t be someone who’s been sacked like Tuchel . Look for a manager who over performs in his league with modern tactics and pay top dollar for him as the manager is always the most important part of the successful model .

    1. I agree completely. I think it is one of the most harmful aspects of DM. With the Academy doing brilliantly with a great crop of players, I wonder how many would get a look-in. The way DM handles players is disastrous. Players frozen out seem to have no idea why, so how they should improve is a mystery except “run more?”. Keeping Mubama&Ings on the bench for 2 mins of playing time, when we have no forwards & we are not scoring is a slap in the face. Who is going to hang around in those circumstances? Good players leave, Academy given lip service and recruitment is a real problem. You cannot run a club that way in the long-term and keep growing. DM makes great player choices, but this is outnumbered 5-1 by so many mistakes.

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