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‘It takes time’ – Moyes admits one West Ham United player has more to offer

David Moyes, the manager of West Ham United, acknowledges that Lucas Paqueta has been scoring goals for the team, which he appreciates, but admits that the midfielder can still contribute more, writes the HITC.

In August 2022, the Hammers signed Paqueta on a five-year contract from Lyon, paying a club-record fee of £51m. Paqueta, who had spent two seasons in Ligue 1 with Les Gones, initially struggled to adapt to the Premier League.

Although he had been a creative player with Lyon, providing 18 goals and 11 assists in 67 top-flight appearances, he has not always been the link between the Irons’ midfield and attack that Moyes had hoped for.

Paqueta needed 11 Premier League matches to score his first goal for West Ham, although he did provide two assists during that time. He then scored twice in February and has now scored in the team’s last two games against AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool, which has pleased Moyes.

Furthermore, his goals against these teams were not from set-pieces, as was the case with his penalty against Leeds United and his tap-in against Newcastle United.

Moyes said (via Sky Sports): “I think he’s beginning to get used to the Premier League because it takes time to settle,”

“I think he still has a bit to go. But I have to say, it is great he is getting some goals for us recently. It has helped us a lot.”