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Bilic explains why the kids must wait

seadhakSlaven Bilic has opened up on the issue of promoting under 23 prospects into the first team squad and made it clear they have to start by being given the “right platform.”

Three players have been regularly training with the senior players – Declan Rice, Domingous Quina and Toni Martinez with cries for the strikers growing daily.

Nathan Holland is one of the brightest prospects at the club and Martin Samuelsen has been to the forefront of the “play them now” claims for a long time.

Holland1But explaining his thinking Bilic said: “People like Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen – they were with us in the last pre-season. They are doing well. I like young players. Declan Rice is becoming a very important player for West Ham.

“The Toni Martinez situation, I know he is scoring goals for West Ham and I know him very well. But at the moment we have a few strikers in good form.”

And turning reporters questions back on them he added: “You asked me in this press-conference – you mentioned Andre Ayew is in good form, you mentioned Chicharito is in good form and you asked me if Andy Carroll is the ideal player to play against Liverpool.

“If we’re talking about people like Nathan Holland, who I like and who I rate – he came on against Bolton – he showed a big improvement when he was with us in Germany and in Austria. But in that department at the moment we have enough players.

“Sead Haksabanovic – he’s always showed himself. I spoke with him and his father today. He’s improving and he’s always there but at the moment, especially when the situation is not ideal – the best way to put the young players in is in very comfortable situations.

“At the moment, we have to stick with those experienced players who have to make it up and take us out of this situation. Then we have a great platform for the kids to play. It was always like that and it is the best way for them.”


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9 comments on “Bilic explains why the kids must wait

  1. Bilic is a dick! One Wrong decision after another but to arogant to see it.

  2. I actually agree for once in his logic ! Lol!!
    But there’s experienced players not doing the job they are there to do and that is down to bilic and his staff !! Keep doing what you’re doing bilic and you are gone , that’s the problem !!!
    At the rate were going they will never get on the park ( rice is the hippocritical exception if you get my drift ,) so just keep doing what you’re doing and its a big taxi for you , its been on standby for a while now !!! 😉

  3. I see w our strikers the point of Toni but he should have got on Brighton & w our injuries & thin squad why not have 1 or 2 on the bench.
    Pike for RB
    Holland has pace & natural talent & Arnie hasn’t been impressing.
    And not getting passion from PL squad I think at least have 1 on bench.

    But not matter what he says Bilic hasn’t been to an U23s game since he arrived here so that doesn’t give confidence of making it to first team yet this kids are still doing thanks a lot to Westly & some of the best young talent we’ve had in years

  4. Bilic sees what these young fringe players can do when they play against the first team in training, he can judge whether or not they are are good enough, strong enough physically and mentally, so if he doesnt put them in the team its because they are not ready and HE alone is the best judge not us fans who see the odd under 23’s goal playing against kids of a similar grade. people need to get off his back and stop making daft rants on ****ter

    • Bilic couldn’t spot a melon at a butchers shop ! Totally disagree with you’re comment !
      Are you wat Hong the same team we all are mate ?
      Stop defending the undefendable butler 😂

  5. All I can say is Rashford is a lucky boy he’s not with West Ham. He would be in the same position as our kids

  6. Bilic will not drop and replace player’s he brought in to the club…….if you look at the way the PL2 team plays it has so much more control and movement, we can’t bring in all of the PL2 squad, but some competition for places is always a good thing!

  7. I would agree if the players he was picking were actually doing the business and getting us out of this mess but they are the ones who have gotten us in to the mess. As Einstein said” the height of lunacy is doing the same things over and over again but expecting a different outcome,” which are you Bilic too stubborn or a lunatic?

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