David Moyes complains about Premier League schedule ahead of second Leeds United clash

By Ed Mackey

David Moyes has criticised the packed Premier League schedule on the back of West Ham’s FA Cup third round victory against Leeds United.

The Hammers boss still opted to field a full-strength team despite complaining about the amount of games that his players are having to navigate at the moment.

Between the FA Cup match and Leeds’ second visit to the London Stadium, in the Premier League on Sunday, West Ham will face Norwich while Marcelo Bielsa’s side do not have a midweek fixture.

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That is something that has particularly annoyed Moyes even though he is, hopefully, aware that there will be weeks when the situation is reversed.

In his post-match press conference, he told Football London : “We want to try and maintain a high standard and play at that level and it's making it difficult for us because I think Leeds have missed two games through COVID yet they have no game this midweek and we have to play them again next Sunday.

“So I don't see how that is correct.”

Moyes isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, top-flight manager to complain about the congested schedule over the next few weeks.

Teams like Leeds have been particularly affected with the amount of injuries continuing to pile up at Elland Road despite them not playing as many games in other competitions as West Ham.

Their involvement in four competitions already this season leaves their players at higher risk of burn out but also raises the question as to why Moyes didn’t make any meaningful changes to his side in the FA Cup.

He admitted that he was concerned about the welfare of his players.

“I can't do anything about it,” he said. “It's not my choice to put a game in this midweek, we've only had one game called off for COVID and I feel as if at the first free week and opportunity we are getting squeezed in so I don't think that's right.

“We've had European games and also, we've had Carabao Cup games, which we are thankful to be in and I hope we are in the FA Cup, but I've said my piece of it.

“I'm not going to drag it on because it's not me who makes those decisions, but I don't think it's a particularly good one.”

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