West Ham cruise through but Bilic wants more from club record signing

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2017

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic admits he faces a selection headache for the Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur after the impressive 3-0 Carabao Cup third round win over Bolton Wanderers.

The players and Bilic were getting criticised for losing the first three games of the season, but they have put in two much improved performances against Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion.

"We now have to get players rested and pick a team which is fresh enough to play like we did in the second half".

The Austrian worldwide, who cost the club £20m when he signed from Stoke in the summer, had an excellent home debut, setting up first-half goals for Ogbonna and Sakho.

West Ham's struggles in the Premier League, where they are 17th, are nothing compared those faced by Bolton on their return to the Championship. "Tottenham is a very good team".

Arnautovic was sent off in the 3-2 Premier League defeat to Southampton last month and Bilic said Tuesday's display marked the beginning of a comeback for the Austrian worldwide.

Still only 31, Dubliner O'Brien has not played at any level since his last appearance for West Ham in the Premier League in February of previous year and he has been without a club since leaving the Hammers in May 2016.

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West Ham needed round pegs for round holes, signing players that could effectively supplement what they already had at their disposal.

"He isn't going to play [on] Tuesday, for example".

"He must have got the ball around 15 times and five or six times he did a great job with assists or whatever, but sometimes he is happy just to pass it back or to do a little trick".

"Although for me it's not logical to be under pressure after three games only but it is modern football and of course I have felt the pressure".

Of Carroll, he added: 'We have to manage him.

He told the press ahead of the Bolton game: "Of course, we are very ambitious and of course we are thinking about the cup in a positive way".

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