David Moyes praises West Ham board for backing transfer but insists patience is needed

The Hammers spent well over £150million in the transfer window, second only to Chelsea in Premier League spending, with Lucas Paqueta, Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd among the big-money comers.

Thilo Kehrer was the only new signing to start against Tottenham as West Ham won their first home point of the season, drawing 1-1 at the London Stadium. The defender turned into his own net as Spurs took the lead, before Tomas Soucek equalized after the break.

The summer spending has gone a long way to solving the problems Moyes faced last season, competing domestically and in Europe with an impossibly thin squad, and the Hammers boss is grateful to be better equipped this campaign.

“It’s been a really long window,” Moyes said. “The board has been really good and helped me sign a lot of talented players. We are always bringing in players.

“Hopefully now, with Lucas coming, we can start to build and get some positive results.”

On how long it would take for his new signings to start getting fully fit, Moyes admitted: “I’d like to say just a few weeks, but it’ll probably take players longer to get used to each other and start to grow.”

One of those adjusting to life at the club is record signing Paqueta, who came off the bench against Tottenham and his introduction was met with huge celebrations from West Ham supporters.

The Brazilian was lucky enough to mark his first Hammers appearance in style as the ball was brought back to him in the box late, but the lack of time with his new team-mates was painfully evident as he and Emerson Palmieri left the ball one for the other.

Ahead of the game, Moyes revealed Paqueta had barely played an assist to most of the West Ham squad so limited has been his involvement in training, but he is confident the 25-year-old will prove to be a big hit in the east. London.

“We watched him all summer,” Moyes said.

“For most of the summer it didn’t look likely. It was great for us. We needed someone in the role of number 10 who can create opportunities.

“He didn’t disappoint today in his short appearance. I can’t wait to train him and get him used to us and hope he can make a big difference.


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