West Ham boss David Moyes says he is in favour of a new Premier League rule being suggested to stop new signings playing in re-arranged matches.

The Hammers are one of a number of clubs to see games postponed this season due to positive COVID-19 cases which have caused teams to be unable to field a team.

Many of the games have now been rescheduled for new dates, but with the transfer window open some clubs are expected to have new faces available for those games.

Now Moyes has had his say on a conversation started by Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl about whether those winter signings should be eligible for those games [Guardian].

The Austrian coach believes it wouldn’t be fair if clubs were allowed to field players who weren’t at the club when the original game was supposed to be played.

Speaking during his press conference today via Football London (07 January), Moyes had his say on the proposed new law change: “I totally agree with that.”


It seems like a pretty easy decision to make and seems like the fairest possible outcome for clubs involved.

A club like Newcastle may disagree because they need as many points as they can possibly get and their new signings are likely to be a huge boost to them and their pursuit of survival.

But in the interest of integrity and fairness, it’s only right that those players don’t play. They wouldn’t have been available for the first game and if it had been played on time then there would be no dispute.

It’s something that is more about being morally fair than literally fair, as some teams will point to a signing not playing against other teams because he signed later for example, but this seems an easy enough call.

Moyes has the right idea and although West Ham haven’t signed anyone yet, it’s expected that they will at some point during the month and they could be affected by the rule themselves.

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