Joe Cole urges West Ham owners to back David Moyes’ RB Leipzig plan

Joe Cole has urged West Ham’s owners to stick with David Moyes – and allow him to turn the club into the Premier League’s RB Leipzig.

Before committing to a second spell at West Ham, Moyes spent some time with Bundesliga side Leipzig.

The former Manchester United chief saw how the team have emerged into a Bundesliga force after being in the fifth tier a decade ago.

Cole said: “I think when David went into West Ham, there were concerns from some fans that he was just coming in to steady the ship.

“But talking to David and listening to him about his experience going over to RB Leipzig, he’s returned to football with a renewed vigour and a different idea this time of how he wants to develop the club – and I like what he’s saying.”

Leipzig have finished third in the Bundesliga behind champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, after being runners-up in their first season in the top flight two years ago and sixth last season.

Their success was built on buying young stars such as striker Timo Werner, who joined from Stuttgart in 2016 for £8million before being sold to Chelsea last month for £47.5m.

Former Hammer Cole – now an academy coach at Chelsea – added: “If the club use the Leipzig model, where they bring in young, hungry players and don’t overpay for ageing players, and if they play the high-intensity football West Ham fans like, then I like that.

“If West Ham can stay up and David keeps himself in the job and gets the chance to develop his ideas that would be fantastic.

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“And if fans understand that model and it’s presented to them the right way in the type of players the club wants to bring in, they’ll support it.

“If anyone does their homework on Leipzig it’s a fantastic model and I like the fact that David is talking like that.

“Then the tide turns, instead of getting players in just to get us over the line. There needs to be a strategy they all can implement.”

After their last-gasp victory over Chelsea, the Irons hope to follow that up with a win at Newcastle today.

But, despite taking Chelsea’s scalp, Cole reckons West Ham’s relegation scrap may go to the last day and their home clash with Aston Villa.

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