David Moyes: Team news, Leicester, racism and Mark Noble


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Moyes David discussed the team’s news, his respect for Leicester City, his opposition to racism and his hope that Mark Noble will stay with West Ham United after the end of his playing career at his press conference on Friday.

Speaking to the broadcast media ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game between Hammers and Foxes at London Stadium, Moyes revealed Michail Antonio is a major doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 3-2 win over last Monday at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The manager also expressed his admiration for the 2015/16 champion Leicester and the work done by his counterpart Brendan Rodgers, declared his total opposition to racism in the game, before declaring his belief that Captain Noble still has a lot to offer. at the club. he joined two decades ago …

We obviously had a few injuries and I don’t think Mick is going to make this game but I think other than that we’re not too bad.

I’m not going to give you more information on Declan Rice, to be honest. I’ll just say he has an injury, as everyone knows, and we’ll try to get him back as quickly as possible. We don’t want to put a time scale on it. Obviously he’s an important player, but we’re moving on and we have other players who we hope can come and help us.

I was asked why I didn’t sign a center-forward in January and my answer is that I chose to bring in Jesse Lingard instead.

I don’t know how close we are to keeping Jesse at the club next season as we haven’t talked about it. We love having him, he’s been awesome around us, we really love having him and I think he enjoys his time as well, but we haven’t considered more than that just yet.

Leicester City on Sunday isn’t more important than winning at Wolves the other night, but it’s the next game and the next game is still the most important, so we’re going to treat it the same, try to approach it the same way and hopefully we’ll come out with the same result.

Do I have enough time to talk about Leicester’s main threats? They are an incredibly good team, they are doing well this season and have been doing it for a while now, they are in the FA Cup semi-finals so we are up against a top team and a team that has been in competition. in the top of the league for several seasons now.

I think the way they have run their business and the way they have worked has been very good. Brendan did a great job. They’re competitive, they’re challenging the best teams right now and they’ve definitely made it into the top six.

They weren’t even in the Premier League a few years ago, so they deserve to be part of that group. They’ve shown it’s not unique, they’ve built on it, they continue to build on it and they’re having a really good season this year.

So it’s a tough game, but no one mentioned that we went there and beat them, so let’s see if we can start over.

Hopefully we can do it again, but it shows the levels players have played that we could do and there aren’t many teams that have given Leicester such a tough game as we have. that day and hope we can show it again. .

I actually think Leicester have improved since that time, but also that we have improved too, so hopefully we can try to give them a really good game. We played really well up there and hopefully more of the same.

I think Leicester is a very good role model for a lot of clubs.

Their recruitment has been very good, as has their stability. We hear a lot about foreign owners, but I have to say their owners have been a great honor to the way they have done their jobs.

I don’t know the club very well and only see it from afar, but they won the league a few years ago, they are continually competing and they are looking to attract young players for the future which complements obviously the very good experienced players that they already have at the club.

When their time comes to move on, they build another team below that, so they’ve done well, Leicester, and Brendan has done well the two or three years since he’s been there.

Racism is something the Club simply will not tolerate at all. There is zero tolerance here and we just won’t have it.

The club will make a decision on social media etc. Present time.

I don’t do social media, but what I do know is that football players have done amazing things during the pandemic through social media – the number of charities they have helped, the food banks they donated to.

There are so many good things about social media, but I don’t think anyone should be abused. I see no reason why you should be put in this situation.

At the Club we won’t have any and they deal with it very quickly when it happens. I see no reason why this should be allowed.

I’m really concerned that we conceded goals after taking a 3-0 lead in our last two games.

I want us to score five or six goals instead of three, but we have to say that is something we have to consider.

We have an attacking team right now and we’re trying to keep scoring goals, we know what’s at stake and if the players keep winning 3-2 why would I tell them to do something different?

We have the second best home record in the Premier League, but London Stadium will only become a stronghold when all the fans are back.

When we bring the fans back to West Ham and they see the way the team is playing and the kind of commitment and energy the players provide, then I hope it gets even harder to come here and to get results.

We will do our best to make things better with the winning team if we can.

David Moyes et Mark Noble

Mark Noble will reach 400 Premier League appearances for West Ham United on Sunday if he plays and that’s great, because being at a club and playing 400 Premier League games is a thing to do when figuring out how long you need to be there and the consistency you need to have.

Injuries also play their part in players’ careers, so it’s a big achievement. He’s hit a lot of milestones at West Ham because of his loyalty and consistency as a player and we appreciate him right now. He’s a very good captain for us and he played well the other night for Wolves.

I see Mark being a part of the squad in the future, but while he still plays well and contributes there, we want him in this area.

I have no doubts that Mark’s future career will be somewhere in West Ham. What area it is I don’t know exactly, but I have no doubt that it will be in and around the club.

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