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Q: 2017/18 Carabao Cup Spurs (a)
a. It's Wembley we have a decent record on the hallowed turf a& all we need is another Maiga, win
22%
  
b. There's no draws in this comp so what chance do we have, lose
22%
  
c. Forget the game, we'll always be a laughing stock while those idiots in the Boardroom still own the Club, SELL SELL SELL
46%
  
d. How great is this another game live on the box, so it's back down the Pub full kit on and roaring the boys onto another win, cut me and I bleed claret & blue
11%
  



whufcroe 12:44 Wed Jun 10
Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
The signing of Slaven Bilic has clearly gone down well with the vast majority of fans, a well liked ex-player returning as manager always plays well as they know and understand the club, they understand the passion, the history and Bilic describing West Ham United as a cult club plays well with the fans who view it in a similar fashion.

As we all know Slaven has spent the past two seasons plying his trade in the Super Lig in Turkey with Besiktas, taking them to 3rd in the table having fallen away whilst having been top for a third of the season. Although not a strong league it’s been pointed out in many quarters on WHO that Bilic improved Besiktas in his two seasons there where they had to play their games at a natural venue due to their ground being rebuilt.

So how does he play?

Bilic for the most part plays a 4-2-3-1 with two holding midfielders protecting an attacking midfielder and two wide players. Although he has wingers in his squad that have played plenty he’s also used standard midfielders and strikers in those wide positions.

In the league this past season he deployed his favoured 4-2-3-1 26 times from 34 games switching to a more offensive 4-4-2 on 7 occasions and 4-3-3 once. In the Champions League he played 4-2-3-1 on 3 occasions and 4-4-2 once, the Europa League he used the 4-2-3-1 exclusively bar 2 game where he went with the other formations once each and in the cup it was 4-2-3-1 every game.

A hard working side as you would expect, Besiktas under Bilic passed the ball very well and although seen as a more defensive side, his side had plenty of attacking flair in their side when needed.

Their league record was actually better away in terms of wins. At “home” they won 9 drew 5 and lost 3 of their 17 games and away they won 12 drew just the 1 and lost 4.

He used 3 keepers, his first choice being injured during the season played 17 times and his back up keepers shared the spoils making 9 & 10 appearances each.

His squad had 2 left back and 2 right backs with clear first choices who played the Lion’s share of games. In the centre of defence his squad had 5 although only 4 appeared in the league playing 27, 21, 17 & 9 times.

In the centre of midfield it was 2 who are described as defensive players and two standard central midfielders, all played a decent amount with 30, 22, 20 & 16 performance to their names.

He had a left midfielder that managed to get on the field once just once and two left wingers, although both it seems played in the middle and right at times who played 29 & 30 times. He had just the one winger on the right playing 28 games and two attacking midfielders with 25 & 27 games.

Up front our old friend Demba Babababa lead the line, playing 29 games in the league, scoring 18 goals. He had two other strikers with 18 games and 5 goals and 19 games and 4 goals as back up or when he played more than the lone forward.

His squad was aged between 21 & 33 with 12 players 25 or under and 13 players 26 and over. His squad contained plenty of experience with 5 players in their 30’s.

So what about youth? Well it doesn’t seem great really, on the face of it during his time at the club just one players made the break into the team from the academy, 21 year old central defender Atinc Nukan who appeared in just 9 league games. He did have a more regular 21 year old in the shape of Kerim Frei who was signed on transfer deadline day from Fulham in the summer of 2013 and he played in 29 league games as well as a large number of cup games and Europe.

So who does he need to bring in?

Well I think we’re covered on the keeper front, Adrian is clear first choice on the back of a solid season and he’s joined by Randolph who was recommended by none other than Phil Parkes who knows a thing or two about keepers. Spiegel has been signed on for another season which for me is a bit of a surprise but someone clearly sees something in him.

In defence the centre I think looks fine, as does the left. Reid has been signed up on a big contract and will need to improve his form next season, Tomkins when fit had an excellent season and surely forms the first choice partnership with Reid with Collins as back up along with the three very talented youngsters in the form of Henry, Burke and Oxford.

I see we’ve been linked with a couple of central defenders, Lovren the latest and if you move out Collins then that could happen but it would be well down my list priorities.

At left back Stephen Hendrie joins to compete with man of the moment Arron Cresswell, so we are fine there but the problem comes at right back. I’m sure they are doing all they can to sign up Jenkinson but as it stands going into the Europa League Joey O’Brien is our only option, so we need to address this position urgently.

In the midfield I’m afraid it’s time up for Kevin Nolan and he really needs to move on to pastures new but I’m sure Bilic will be happy to have Kouyate, Noble and Poyet along with Obiang who looks certain to sign. Downing of course is more effective in the attacking midfield role but I still think we’re a little short and would like to see another couple brought in.

Bilic deploys wingers a large amount of the time so to replicate that here he has plenty of work to do. Jarvis has been a poor signing and most likely heading out of the football club leaving Downing who’s been poor on the wing and Amalfitano. I think we need at least 2 maybe 3 wide players. Very interesting to see we’ve been linked with Gerard Deulofeu who would fit into a Bilic side nicely.

Up front Bilic plays plenty of games with a lone striker, as it stands Sakho is clearly the number 1 with Valencia and Carroll as back up. I would keep both but I could see Valencia having to settle for a minor role or a wide role in the side and would like to add another quality forward at least to the squad. I could see Austin or Gignac both suiting the way Bilic sets up his side.

So we’re in for an interesting ride in these two massive, historic seasons for our football club. Bilic wouldn’t have been my first choice but I loved him as a players and I’m sure he’ll unite the vast majority of fans and let’s hope that he brings the success we all crave and desire. I wish him the very best in his new role.

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DP 10:44 Fri Jun 12
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Bilic needs a work permit as Croatian nationals don't have the right to live and work in the UK until July 2018!!

Trevor B 10:29 Fri Jun 12
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Ouch!

LJC 10:27 Fri Jun 12
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Athletico - unless you are Tim Vickery you are a bit of a weirdo trying to palm that off as your own views...

http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2015/06/10/tim-vickery-suggests-west-ham-have-dodged-a-bullet-by-not-appoin/

scott_d 2:53 Thu Jun 11
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Ba is 30 now.

Wouldn't be a terrible signing but his best days are behind him I reckon.

Willtell 11:38 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
stirlinghammer
I think JOB has another year on his contract so we don't have a lot of choice unless someone comes in for him.

Capitol Man 11:04 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
I think Bielsa would have been a huge failure or a huge success - no middle ground. He seems the type who has a syst m and sticks to it - whereas I prefer a more pragmatic manager, especially when he's new to the league.

As for expectations i expect them to be completely unrealistic as they always are. A decent run will see us expecting a champions league spot and we will have a typical failure to correlate between the league position we say we will be happy with at the start of the season and what that means in actual results.

Athletico Easthamico 10:59 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
I think we have made the right choice avoiding Bielsa.

Bielsa does have an impressive CV having managed Argentina and Chile in his career, but I'd say he was a bit of a control freak, which could have created friction between himself and the board.

He reads everything and tries to understand everything to do with football, although you do doubt his sanity at times, he's really is an absolute obsessive

What the we need as we go and look to progress before the move to the Olympic Stadium is a settled and forward looking team.

We need to play good football and need to look unified in all areas of the club, because it’s important the club can increase our support base by the time we move stadiums.

Bielsa would have had the team playing an entertaining brand of football, but I think he has a flamboyant nature about him as manager, which is where an issue could have come up with the club’s chairmen.

With Bilic, we know we have someone who communicates well and knows the football club having played for us before.

The debate over whether the we have gone with the right man will likely roll on for the rest of the season, but I feel Bilic is a common sense appointment and stands a very good chance of guiding the club to our aims without causing any issues along the way.

Texas Iron 10:49 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Different ...and not injury prone...

...and has a far superior scoring record than Carroll...

Gazza_AZ 10:45 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
TI - don't know that I would agree that Ba is better than Andy Carroll - but he is a different type of striker - and would be a good partner for Carroll or Sakho if we play 2 forwards. Else would be a different option if we only play one striker ( I would think that we will need to rest Andy - even if he returns fit for duty).

Texas Iron 10:19 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Any chance we'd sign Demba Ba...???

Besiktas only paid 6millionEuros ...

Always knows where the goal is...a better front man and scores more than Carroll

gph 9:01 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
In fact, Trieste used to be in Yugoslavia (for the first few months of its existence) and Slovenia (not Croatia).

Italy was given the city in return for its short participation in WWI (although it had to threaten Yugoslavia to get it, as Yugoslavia considered it to be an ethnically Italian part of its territory, as it was completely surrounded by majority Slovene districts).

Had to look at Wiki to get the numbers - roughly 7/8 Italian, 1/8 Slovene (with about 1/20 German biting into both those figures) at the end of WWI.

riosleftsock 8:41 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
geep, so swap italian for english then.

Most Croats are multi-lingual and Italy is right on their doorstep.

In fact Trieste used to be in Yugoslavia/Croatia but is nor in Italy.

cholo 8:12 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Bosnian, Serb, Croatian, Herzegovinan, Yugoslavian and English.

gph 8:11 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
rios - I'm pretty sure English should be there.

LJC 8:09 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
What's happened with Demel? Released?

riosleftsock 8:04 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
I'm guessing Geep;

Croat
Russian
Turkish
Italian
French
German

gph 8:03 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
What are the six languages that SB speaks - if he counts Serb and Croat, then that's cheating.

riosleftsock 8:00 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Would LOVE to see Johnson back at the club and Jenks learning from him.

Out of all the players we lost THAT season, I was most gutted about Johnson, and I think he has been a bit wasted at Liverpool, would have preferred to see him at Man U or City.

Welcome back, Glen SON.

No way I would get rid of JOB, he has been really useful and never moans, always puts a shift in, and doesn't cost a fortune.

whufcroe 7:49 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
".I am sure any one of the kids is better than him on the bench"

What right back at the club do you have confidence in stepping up to the first team then?

El Scorchio 7:36 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
I'm sure JOB will be able to handle whatever left winger our EL qualifying opponents will deploy so no worries there.

Plus I think he'll be kept around if he wants, due to being dirt cheap and versatile.

stirlinghammer 7:18 Wed Jun 10
Re: Slaven Bilic - So what can we expect & what do we need?
Will, after that Kung fu style cameo at Everton in the cup, JOB really needs to jog on...I am sure any one of the kids is better than him on the bench...no future benefit in keeping him.

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