Lomas explains what's impressed him most about Sam Allardyce this season

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Former West Ham United star Steve Lomas says he's impressed by the way Sam Allardyce has brought the average age of the team down.

Former West Ham United midfielder Steve Lomas told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT he’s impressed by the way Sam Allardyce has reduced the average age of the side.

The Daily Mirror reported this morning that Allardyce is staring at a Hammers exit after talks with the club over his future yesterday.

With Allardyce reportedly facing a final few months in charge, Lomas has suggested that part of his legacy will be the way he’s brought the average of the side down.

“I’ve been impressed by the way he’s brought the average age down – he’s brought Cresswell into the defence, Kouyate into the midfield – it bodes well for the future of the side – I think they’re having an outstanding season,” said Lomas.

A side having a low average age is positive because it allows a manager to create a strong spine to his team which forms the basis of the playing squad moving forward.

Regardless of Allardyce’s future, he’s professional and will try to put the club into a position where they have European football to look forward to next season.

That’s encouraging for the younger players in the Hammers squad because it would provide a higher standard of football and the chance for them to improve their individual games playing against more experienced European opponents.

If lowering the average age of the side turns out to be part of Allardyce’s legacy at the club, whoever is appointed manager for next season certainly has that to thank him for.

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