West Ham United manager David Moyes has claimed that summer signing Thilo Kehrer is now ‘stepping up’ behind the scenes.
The Lowdown: Kehrer signs for West Ham…
The Germany international completed a move to east London from Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain in the summer transfer window, gifting Moyes some strength in depth amid injuries to the likes of Nayef Aguerd.
Moyes will need many figureheads both on and off the pitch as West Ham aim to keep pace with England’s elite and maintain their standing as participants in European competition.
The Latest: Moyes praises Kehrer…
Speaking to the media before West Ham’s encounter with Chelsea on Saturday, the Hammers boss claims that Kehrer is ‘stepping up’ behind-the-scenes and is a ‘big voice’ in their dressing room.
“Amazingly, I already see Thilo Kehrer stepping up in the dressing room, big personality, big voice. I said about players taking time to adapt, and it may sound like a manager’s excuse, but I actually think he has adapted really well.
“He has had a couple of moments but you would have to say he has come in and played well and showed in the dressing room he has a voice and trying to help the players.”
The Verdict: Good news…
While the focus would largely be centred on players’ on-pitch performances, it’s welcome to hear Moyes saying that the 25-year-old is already making a telling contribution behind the scenes at Rush Green.
West Ham have made eight permanent signings this summer, following up the capture of 2021/22 loanee Alphonse Areola by bringing Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes, Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer, Emerson and club-record acquisition Lucas Paqueta to the London Stadium.
These names will need to adapt and make themselves at home quickly, but at least it seems that Kehrer is already taking to life at West Ham in a very positive manner.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience