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West Ham boss David Moyes was ‘a revelation’

MATTHEW UPSON firmly believes West Ham’s transformation is due to just one man – David Moyes.

the exhammers and arsenal defender believes moyes deserves great credit for turning his former side of relegation flirtation into an attractive team both at home and on the continent.

David Moyes has guided West Ham to the semi-finals of the Europa League

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David Moyes has guided West Ham to the semi-finals of the Europa LeagueCredit: ALAMY
Matthew Upson has credited Moyes for West Ham's rapid rise

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Matthew Upson has credited Moyes for West Ham’s rapid risePhoto credit: EMPICS SPORT

This season, Moyes has guided West Ham to the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they Track Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 after the first leg on Thursday.

And a win against fourth-placed Arsenal at the London Stadium tomorrow would narrow the gap to just under Mikel Arteta‘s side to just five points.

Upson told SunSport: “The success is entirely due to Moyes. He was a revelation, his management style has done the club very well.

“He brings a lot of stability and discipline which are key elements of his leadership success, along with good recruiting and picking the right players in the right positions.

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“He has shown he is good at building teams because twice now he has taken over teams that are suffering at West Ham and brought stability and discipline to that team.

“They recruited really well and the new signings were a huge success. They have a nice mix of players, the right age, experience and youth.

“They are a good team with an identity that Moyes brought and the success is clear and obvious to see.”

At the center of the Hammers’ rise was the midfield star Declan Ricewhich Moyes estimates at £150m.

West Ham's Premier League stats this season
West Ham’s Premier League stats this season

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Rice, 23, has turned down a number of contract offers from West Ham But Upson, who spent four years at the club between 2007 and 2011, says the east Londoners must do whatever they can to retain their most prized asset.

Upson, who has been crowned 21 times by England, said: “It’s really important to keep him because West Ham are growing.

“Someone like Declan is playing at a level of some of Europe’s best and I don’t think he’s batting under his weight at West Ham.

“He’s having fun, he’s developing, he’s young and he’s been brilliant.

“West Ham was a great club for him, the relationship worked both ways and he was a success.

“I think everyone accepts that sooner or later they can move on. But for now they’re enjoying him and he’s enjoying it at the club, which is good to see.”

West Ham have defensive problems on Sunday with centre-backs Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna out with ankle and knee injuries.

They could play Declan Rice in defense but West Ham would lose too much in the middle of the park without him

Matthew Upson

Craig Dawson is also suspended at Chelsea after being sent off last week.

Kurt Zouma played the full 90 minutes in the home game against Frankfurt after struggling with an ankle problem.

But Upson, who retired in 2016, insists Moyes shouldn’t be tempted to move club vice-captain Rice out of the midfield engine room despite being down to the bone in his defence.

The 43-year-old stressed: “They could play Rice in defence, but West Ham would lose too much in the middle of the park without him.”

While Moyes has a selection dilemma, Upson admits he’s a big fan of Arsenal’s thriving defensive pairing Gabriel and Ben White and the team’s style of play under Arteta.

The Gunners have had a slow start to the season but are now leaders to secure last place in the Champions League.

They’re two points clear of arch-rivals Tottenham with just five games left – and that includes a delicious north London derby on May 12.

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Upson, who worked under Gunners manager legend Arsene Wenger for six years from 1997, said: “Gabriel and Ben White’s relationship is getting better.

“It took a while, but the club is like this, the team is slowly getting better and better.

“White and Gabriel complement each other quite well because White is very mobile and covers the ground really well, while the Brazilian is a bit more physical, a bigger presence. There’s a nice balance between the two.

“I like Arteta, he has introduced a style that consists of possession and progressive passing and he doesn’t compromise on how he wants to play.

“They’ve gotten better at managing games and that’s a big reason why they’re in a position to maybe qualify for the Champions League.”

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