Collison suggests where West Ham struggle under Allardyce's style

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Former West Ham United man Jack Collison has suggested the side struggled to open up teams that sat deep when he was at the club.

Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison suggested to talkSPORT what he feels is the main problem with Sam Allardyce’s playing style at the club.

Collison was quizzed by the radio station over his association with his former manager and he’s highlighted where he feels the team struggled when he was part of the playing squad.

“I think with Big Sam, he just wanted the ball in the opposition’s half as much as possible and the sooner you get it up there, the more chances you’re going to get,” said Collison.

“We struggled at home a lot, a lot of teams sat back and we struggled to open them up and get the wins.”

West Ham didn’t appear to struggle to open up sides over the first half of the season when they were competing in and around the top six.

However, injuries and other issues have since seen the club fall off the pace and further down the table, which has left the club chasing the top eight when European football seemed like a realistic possibility.

It’s important for any side to have creative players who can unlock the opposition defence when they drop off and sit deep.

It’s an area Allardyce could look to improve this summer if he’s kept on at the club and it will be interesting to see if West Ham start to play a less direct style of football.

If Allardyce can get it right then those who have suggested he doesn’t have the subtlety to coach the side looking forward to the Olympic Stadium move, may start to change their opinions of him.

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