West Ham outcast Modibo Maiga to be given chance, says David Gold

The forward spent last season out on loan but will be assessed by new boss Slaven Bilic.

West Ham outcast Modibo Maiga will be given a second chance under new manager Slaven Bilic, according to owner David Gold on Twitter.

The forward spent last season on loan to French side Metz, scoring nine goals in 25 Ligue 1 appearances after previously being shipped out on loan to QPR for the second half of the 2013/14 season.

He had quickly fallen out of favour with former manager Sam Allardyce after arriving from Sochaux in July 2012 and making 17 Premier League appearances in his first season at the club.

However, David Gold’s latest Tweet seems to suggest he will be starting with a clean slate as new manager Bilic assesses his squad.

"Maiga is in the pre-season squad,” he said.

"It's up to him and Slaven to decide what will happen. He will get his chance."

Despite being promised a chance, it is fair to say Maiga will face a tough challenge if he wants to become a regular at the club next season.

The club currently have several forwards on their books, with both Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia impressing last season and making themselves the first choice duo at the club.

There is also Andy Carroll to consider, who despite his injury problems, remains a firm favourite at Upton Park, meaning the chances of Maiga securing a starring role remain slim at best.

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