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West Ham United’s rise in the Premier League this season has taken a lot of people by surprise.
The Hammers are currently fifth in the table following their 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Monday, sparking rumors that they could secure a spot in the European rankings.
However, according to former Arsenal forward Perry Groves, playing behind closed doors has been very beneficial to West Ham’s cause this season.
“We all agree, soccer is not the same without fans in the stadium,” Groves said. talkSPORT.
“If anything has been shown by all this, it is that the game is about the fans.
“I think Spurs have had a result with the fans without being there because that could have been very toxic among the fans, José Mourinho and the players with some of their performances at home.
“With West Ham, I’ve been to the London stadium, where if you’ve had a bad half or a bad game, it can turn quite easily.
“Sometimes no atmosphere is better than a toxic atmosphere. So I think David Moyes has been allowed to go about his business fairly calmly, and West Ham has gradually improved. “
West Ham fans have had a lot to complain about in recent years, and the club has repeatedly failed to live up to expectations.
They have often directed their anxiety towards the board and it is fair to say that the criticism has been justified.
However, Groves’ suggestion that the absence of fans has helped West Ham is extremely harsh.
The atmosphere at London Stadium has been toxic before for good reason, but Moyes’ efforts since taking over as manager have turned things around.
Moyes has insisted that he is anxious for fans to be able to return to the stadiums as soon as possible, which is not the opinion of someone who fears a “toxic atmosphere”.