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Bilic admits he can make no decision on player’s future

bilic2Slaven Bilic has admitted that he can make no definite long term decision on Diafra Sakho’s West Ham future.

The striker’s position has been under regular discussion since he attempted to engineer a move to Rennes in the winter before the club made it clear he was staying at the London Stadium.

He has returned and from all reports has settled well whilst making only a series of Premier League cameo appearances.

His winning goal against Swansea and general fitness has now raised hopes that he could be offered a new long term deal but Bilic refuses to commit himself on that.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard the Hammers boss made it clear there are still doubts surrounding the player’s future.

He said: “Yes, he could have moved on during the summer — and he wanted to do that — but it didn’t happen and, since then, he has reacted well.

I have a good relationship with him. He is open and honest and I have to 100 per cent ignore all the history and judge him by what he does on the pitch and in training.

I talk to him a little, but I decided to ignore what might happen in the future. With him, I go day by day, week to week.”


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7 comments on “Bilic admits he can make no decision on player’s future

  1. We must try to get him settled as he is our best goal scorer . Hernandez is a poacher but Sakho creates and scores . Carroll is the one to go or perhaps as an impact player from bench .

    • We must also try and get Slav in ‘therapeutic control, concerning his somewhat ridiculous comments, which are moving, further and further, from common-sense and objectivity!
      Sakho and Chicharito are the obvious optimal choice for central twin strikers-but can Slav see the obvious, and take his eyes off Andy Carroll, who has little to justify his own boastful comments as to why he should be in the England national squad.
      Slavl did enough to discourage Enner Valencia, and I fear he will end up forcing Sakho to leave in tears, for the benefit of justifying place for Andy Carroll, which he has right to claim for himself. Give me Martinez, Holland, Quina etc any-day over a very slow and poor reaction-time Andy, who is heading the ‘ball big time’, to nowhere any where close to his other team-mates.
      Sorry, but its Sakho and Chicharito who should be starting every game unless injured or sick!

  2. Why does Bilic have a say over the long term future of players and the club? He is out the door in the summer so effectively he’s a caretaker manager. The club really shouldn’t let him have a say on things that don’t concern him anymore!

  3. Let’s see what happens today DJ !! You never know , he may well put a stinker of a side today and be gone by 5 o/ clock ? You just know a couple of players will start who shouldn’t be in
    the starting 11, 😎

  4. The apparent comments made by Bilic, concerning Sakho’s future at West Ham, are an outrage, and a terrible insult for Diafra. Sakho has done so much to rehabilitate himself,both physically and psychologically, and IMO, Bilic is wandering beyond his managerial boundaries.
    Of course, he will not stop with his ridiculous over-admiration of Andy Carroll, which has little basis, and shows his own specific biases (which he should not have about any of his players!).
    Ironically, it was Sakho who scored the winning goal against Swansea, and in doing so, may have staved off his own imminent sacking. If Bilic can’t see how well Sakho has been playing, and going all out to support an improved and extended contract for Diafra, then, perhaps, he is better off saying nothing, and concentrating on correcting his defective thinking relating to virtually every aspect of team play. He could take a leaf out of Terry Westley’s ‘managerial handbook’; the U-23’s have put our first team to shame in their exciting and positive approach to playing attacking football. This is not a criticism of our first team squad, who, generally speaking, are a good collection of talented players, waiting for the gaffer to wake up and get on with the business. Sadly, it seems that Slav is staggering from one mistake to the next;can we afford to persist with sub-standard managing till next Summer, when it could be all too late.

  5. Have you watched any of our u23 games this season?

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