Allardyce: I expected FIVE of my summer buys to struggle

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce says that he expected five of West Ham United's summer signings to struggle to adapt to English football initially.

West Ham United manager Sam Alladyce has revealed that he expected five of his summer signings to struggle to adapt to the Premier League.

Allardyce revealed today that he went into the summer planning to tighten up his defence, but he ended up bringing in a number of attackers as they became available, despite his concerns whether they would be able to adjust to English football quickly. 

In the end, the experienced manager has admitted that his doubts were unfounded and he says that the Hammers' summer spending has been better than a number of other clubs in the country. 

"Before the season I was veering towards tightening things up defensively because players such as [Diafra] Sakho, [Enner] Valencia, Cheikh Kouyate and Mauro Zarate would, I thought, find it a struggle early on," he admitted in The Standard. "But they have hit the ground running in a better way than many other clubs’ new signings."

West Ham have impressed over the season so far, with their new style of football catching the eye.

Allardyce had been criticised previously for his preferred philosophy, which puts a precedence on being solid rather than entertaining.

However, the Hammers boss has got his side playing with attacking style this season and their flowing football has earned plaudits.

It hasn't brought results as quickly as Allardyce would have liked, though, with the side currently in the bottom half of the Premier League and he admits that the task for him now is to re-introduce the defensive solidarity back into the game, even when playing a more aesthetically pleasing brand of football.

'We’ve impressed a lot of people but we’ve not managed to carve out one clean sheet in six games and that has to stop without compromising our attacking ability," he said. 

West Ham take on QPR this weekend, where they will be aiming to collect the three points to propel themselves up the table.

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