Stimac: Newly-appointed West Ham boss Slaven Bilic needs to sign this type of player

Upton Park

Former West Ham United player Igor Stimac has some friendly advice for Slaven Bilic.

Former West Ham United defender Igor Stimac has said that newly-appointed boss Slaven Bilic will be fine in his new job if he brings in some players with passing quality, the Mirror report.

Ex-Croatian national team coach Bilic took over from Sam Allardyce last week and has already begun to stamp his mark on West Ham, signing Pedro Obiang as per the club’s official website.

The Spanish U21 international was a favourite at Sampdoria, performing well in the defensive midfield role and displaying a wide range of excellent passing abilities.

It comes in contrast to the Hammers’ previous style, where under Allardyce the team looked to focus on shape, determination and often direct football to achieve their goals.

Bilic, renowned for adopting a neat passing style, has his work cut out in moulding the team to his ideas, and Stimac believes that he needs to make more additions as such or risk coming unstuck.

“I hope Slaven and West Ham are a great fit. He is a wise guy. He needs to make good signings, some proper signings, players with passing quality, and he will be OK,” Stimac explained.

“Is he ready for the Premier League? He knows the league and the players so why not? I don’t think it matters that he doesn’t have any Premier League experience.”

“All he needs in his first year there is to give some excitement to the crowd and finish in the top 10.”

A list of players have been linked with a move to East London following Bilic’s return, with Vedran Corluka (The Mirror), Yohan Cabaye (The Sun) and Esteban Cambiasso (also The Sun) the pick of the bunch.

Interestingly, all three players are technically decent with the ball at their feet and would without doubt add to Bilic’s ideals and style of play.

Yet, the former Besiktas boss would be wise not to attempt dramatic changes too quickly as the foundations laid by Allardyce are at least there for a safe mid-table Premier League finish.

Foreign bosses such as Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant in years gone by were both guilty of attempting to divulge into the overseas market on flair players too much and ultimately paid a heavy price.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch