Paqueta joined the Hammers from Lyon in the summer transfer window for a club record £51 million fee (The Times).
The 25-year-old play-maker looks like the real deal, and has already bagged two assists for West Ham.
There is a real danger that Moyes won’t get the best out of the talented Brazilian though, unless he allows him the freedom needed to express himself.
And for the ex-Lyon ace to thrive in this Hammers team, he needs to be given completely free reign to work his magic…
David Moyes is handcuffing West Ham ace Lucas Paqueta
The Brazilian seems to be doing a lot of work too deep for my liking.
When that happens, any time that he does lose the ball, it could end up being really costly for West Ham.
Considering the kind of player he is, he will lose the ball more often than others do, because of the types of killer passes that he attempts.
He is the kind of player who tries to make things happen all the time. And as a result, he will sometimes misplace a pass. Kevin De Bruyne is the perfect example of this.
This is what makes David Moyes’s criticisms of Paqueta completely wrong. He has done the same with Said Benrahma over the past two years and, in my opinion, has completely ruined the Algerian as a result.
After Paqueta’s match-winning assist against Fulham, Moyes delivered his usual underwhelming post-match verdict on the Brazilian, as quoted by Football.London:
If you are any centre forward, you are going to want to play with Paqueta. I thought today Paqueta did some things that were brilliant and some things that weren’t as good.
In my opinion, Moyes is completely wrong to continually highlight the bad things that the 25-year-old does. It’s been proven that that approach hasn’t worked with Benrahma, and we don’t think it will work with the Brazilian either.
In addition to this though, Paqueta has to be allowed to work his magic closer to Gianluca Scamacca.
David Moyes should be in the Brazilian’s ear all day telling him to get into spaces between the West Ham midfielders and attackers.
Whether the Scot is prepared to abandon his fairly rigid setup in order to help Paqueta flourish remains to be seen though.