Igor Stimac predicts the tactics West Ham fans can expect from Slaven Bilic

Former West Ham United defender Igor Stimac feels Slaven Bilic can develop a good system at the club.

Former West Ham United defender Igor Stimac told talkSPORT about the sort of tactics he feels West Ham fans can expect from new manager Slaven Bilic.

Bilic was confirmed as the next Hammers manager earlier this week and Stimac feels he could create some exciting tactics having spent time watching Besiktas, Bilic’s last club, perform closely in Turkey.

“Slaven is a very clever guy, he’s brave and he knows what it takes – Tactically he’s very good, he puts players in the right positions and their fitness has to be brilliant – As I remember at Besiktas he played 4-2-3-1 and if he can bring in wonderful wingers, they can form a great team there,” he said.

The bravery is encouraging because it means that Bilic won’t be afraid to take risks tactically in key games.

There are going to be tense situations across all competitions where a gutsy moved could make the difference for the Hammers and that will undoubtedly be a positive and exciting thing for the club’s fans to watch.

It’s also encouraging that Stimac feels the fitness of the players is going to be one of the core aspects about the team.

If the Hammers can work hard off the ball to win back possession quickly, then the team has a better chance of maintaining pressure over their opposition.

Whether a 4-2-3-1 system can work with the Hammers under Bilic remains to be seen, but the club have already made a key signing in the transfer market with the arrival of Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria.

There are other areas of the squad, which need to be improved but there’s no reason Bilic can’t quickly work out a forward thinking and positive system to get the best out of the team.

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