Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yes, I Did Go to the Bridge This Week but Not to Run My Eye over Batshuayi

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yes, I Did Go to the Bridge This Week but Not to Run My Eye over Batshuayi

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Byline: David Moyes Read David Moyes' column every Friday

IN last week's column I said that, from my reckoning, a total of 30 players had been linked with West Ham. Seven days on and there's been a change. Now it's all about who is going to leave!

Before the window opened, I said our priority had to be in midfield, where we were short of cover. Since then most of the speculation has been about our front players and, depending who you listen to or what you read, all our strikers are up for sale.

I went to watch Chelsea play Norwich in the FA Cup on Wednesday night and I knew that would increase the speculation about Andy Carroll and Chelsea with Michy Batshuayi coming to us.

Categorically, I did not go to Stamford Bridge to watch Batshuayi or any other player in particular. I like to get out and watch plenty of matches, I hadn't seen Norwich this season and there were some players there who had been mentioned to me as having been doing well.

What may defuse much of the speculation is that the ankle injury Andy picked up against West Brom is sufficiently serious that he will not be able to play again this month anyway and it could even need an operation to put things right, although that has not yet been confirmed.

The fact that some of our strikers have not been regulars in the team recently has added grist to the rumour mill so I want to make it clear that we have really good strikers. Some of them could play better and the form of Marko Arnautovic has changed the dynamics a little.

When I came to the club I knew we had a good group of front players so the challenge was finding the right balance and a formation which gave us the best chance of winning.

I wasn't going to choose them because they were the bigger names -- I had to find a way to win more games and that meant that, on some occasions, some of them wouldn't always start.

As we developed, we tried Marko and Michail Antonio as a pair up front and the two of them did well. Michail then picked up an injury and since then we've been changing between Andre Ayew, and Chicharito while last weekend we had Manuel Lanzini in behind.

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