Moyes admires Paqueta’s performance

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David Moyes offered his admiration to the enigmatic forward Lucas Paqueta following West Ham’s hard-fought 2-1 triumph in the Europa League against Freiburg, despite the maverick player’s penchant for driving him to frustration.

David Moyes expressed admiration for his enigmatic forward, Lucas Paqueta, following West Ham’s 2-1 victory in the Europa League against Freiburg, despite the occasional frustrations he causes. Freiburg, often referred to as the “Breisgau Brazilians” due to their flamboyant style of play, found themselves overshadowed by West Ham’s Samba sensation, Paqueta.

Only nine minutes into the game, Paqueta displayed his prowess by heading the ball into the net from a cross delivered by Jarrod Bowen, marking his return to the England squad with a brilliant goal.

Throughout the match, Paqueta continued to bewilder the Freiburg defense with an assortment of flicks, tricks, and occasional theatrical displays. His virtuoso performance left a lasting impression on the field, showcasing his undeniable talent and ability to turn heads.

Moyes, despite the challenges of managing a maverick talent like Paqueta, couldn’t help but salute the Brazilian forward for his outstanding contribution to the team’s victory in a match that lived up to the “Breisgau Brazilians” reputation for flair and excitement.

“It was a bit of an old-fashioned goal, down the side with a good cross, and then a great header like an old-fashioned centre forward. I really enjoyed watching it,” said Hammers boss Moyes.

“Jarrod played well but Lucas was terrific. He drives me mad sometimes but everybody who watched him would have said this player has got incredible talent.

“There is a word that goes around, a maverick. He is that for us.

“It is really important we get him in and adapt to him and accept some of his things he may not do, things which I would say are conventional.

“But we are really enjoying him at the moment and he is terrific at taking the ball under pressure – but also there are moments when I say: ‘what are you doing’?”


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