Phillips needs support and people to help him – David Moyes


West Ham manager David Moyes emphasizes that England midfielder Kalvin Phillips requires “support and assistance from people” to thrive.

After Saturday’s loss at Newcastle United, the 28-year-old reportedly made an offensive gesture to fans while boarding the team bus.

Phillips, who is currently on loan to West Ham from Manchester City until the end of the season, needs support and assistance from those around him.

“We need our fans to give all our players the support they require,” said Moyes.

“Kalvin’s a human being and what he needs is support and people to help him, which is what we’ll do.”

Phillips has made seven appearances in the Premier League for the east London side, starting just three times.

He came off the bench at Newcastle with the Hammers 3-1 up and saw a penalty awarded against him within 10 minutes of being on the field, before Eddie Howe’s side snatched a 4-3 success.

“Kalvin’s a really good player and I do believe we can still make something out of the time we’ve got with him here,” said Moyes.

Phillips joined West Ham aiming to regain a place in the England squad, however Gareth Southgate left him out of the recent international friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Southgate said: “At the moment, I couldn’t be confident on the performances Kalvin’s had in the last few weeks that he could go into the field and do the job we know that he’s capable of.

“That’s perhaps the lowest it can get for him in terms of the last few months.”