West Ham: Everton reaction; race for Argentinean hots up; Bilic detected complacency
West Ham saw their run of good form to an end as Romelu Lukaku scored his ninth goal in nine games against the Irons before Ross Barkley added a second to condemn the London side to defeat at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. Post match, manager Slaven Bilic told the media:
“While you are always not happy after a defeat, I am more disappointed because we could have taken something from this game. I’m not saying that they didn’t deserve it, because at the end of the day they were more mature, but we should have done better… They were more lethal and more cruel when they were offered something from us. We didn’t capitalise on our chances.”
The club are continuing their search for improvements upfront, something that was needed against Everton, and are believed to have entered the race for Argentinean prospect Naza Bazan Vera, alongside Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea according to the Daily Star. The Velez Sarsfield forward has been selected by Argentina under 20s and is also being monitored by Villarreal as he would not need a work permit owing to the fact that he holds a European passport.
The 17-year-old is very highly rated and is expected to be one of the next young talents to come out of South America, with a number of top European clubs hoping to snap him up. A move in January or the summer seems likely, but the Hammers may face a very tough challenge if they are to persuade him to move to the London Stadium.
Slaven Bilic has also spoken to Sky Sports to reveal that he feels that complacency was the reason behind the club’s poor start to the season, saying:
“We got a bit of that complacency. I smelled it. I didn’t know and at the end of the day I am the first to say that it is my responsibility, always, because I am the manager here… You have press conferences even in pre-season and before our qualification games for Europa League and 70 per cent of the questions were about Champions League. ‘What are you talking about?’ was in my head… Those kind of things got us in a state of a little bit of complacency. You don’t do it deliberately. You don’t even notice, but it comes. Just five per cent is enough here, with a little bit of bad luck… to get you in serious problems.”
The Croatian appears to have turned things around now, but with some tough fixtures on the horizon and after defeat on Sunday, victory against Stoke City at the weekend now looks more vital than ever.
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