‘Whatever happened to John?!’: David Moyes reveals he’s struggling to pronounce West Ham’s new £15m defender Thilo Kehrer’s NAME – as he jokes ‘I’ll call him T’
- David Moyes has struggled pronouncing new signing Thilo Kehrer’s name
- The German international joined West Ham for £15million earlier this week
- Moyes compared his new signing to former Everton stalwart Phil Neville
- Kehrer could start for the Hammers against Brighton on Sunday
West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted that he struggles pronouncing new signing Thilo Kehrer’s name.
Kehrer joined Moyes’ team from French giants PSG for a fee of around £15million on Wednesday, but the West Ham boss hasn’t yet got to grips with the pronunciation of the German’s name.
Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Brighton on Sunday, Moyes joked: ‘I’ve been calling him Theo, I have been calling him everything.’
West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed that he is finding it difficult to pronounce new signing Thilo Kehrer’s name
‘Whatever happened to John? They think I’m losing it. I’m calling him all sorts. I’ll have to get him a nickname, I’ll call him T,’ he added.
Though the Scotsman may be struggling with getting his new addition’s name right, he is sure that Kehrer can have a big impact on his squad.
Whilst scouting the player prior to the move, Moyes was immediately struck by Kehrer’s versatility across the back line: ‘We were watching him sometimes at right-back and left-back for PSG, sometimes the same for Germany.
‘I’d watch him play centre-back for PSG sometimes but they had so much of the ball you didn’t see how he was under pressure that much. But he’s very confident with both feet and he’s going to give me a lot of help at full-back going forwards.’
Kehrer won three Ligue 1 titles during his four-year stint at Paris Saint-Germain
Moyes compared Kehrer’s versatility to that of former Everton captain Phil Neville
‘I possibly see him being a better centre-half in a back three but, at the moment, we don’t have many centre-backs to choose from, so we’re short a little bit, and I’m hoping his versatility is something we can use. He has actually played as a holding midfielder for Germany as well.’
The West Ham boss further explained that Kehrer’s tenacity, combined with his willingness to be deployed in multiple positions, reminds the former Everton manager of Phil Neville, who played under Moyes at Goodison Park between 2005 and 2013.
‘Maybe Thilo would think like that as well. Nev could play midfield, right-back and centre back as well.
‘He was a great leader more than anything and obviously learnt his traits from the people he’d watched at United. He was a great leader and Thilo has a bit of that about him as well.’
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