Can £10.5 million West Ham flop Matt Jarvis reignite his stuttering career under Slaven Bilic?

Matt Jarvis

Expensive flop Matt Jarvis could get a new lease of life under the more attack-minded Slaven Bilic and rescue his West Ham United career.

When Matt Jarvis was signed for £10.5 million from Wolverhapton Wanderers in 2012 to provide the ammunition for fellow new signing Andy Carroll, many saw it as a match made in heaven.

But so far the ex-Gillingham man has been a major disappointment at Upton Park scoring just four times in 75 appearances over three years and rarely setting up Carroll or his fellow strikers for goals.

Things started pretty well for the pacy winger under Sam Allardyce and the team initially utilised his speed to keep opposition defences on the back foot.

But his form dipped along with his confidence and he has never recovered since, being marginalised to a bit-part role last season when he made just 11 appearances for the East Londoners, mostly as a sub.

Whatever the reasons, Jarvis has struggled at West Ham

Whether it is the big price tag, the fact he is right footed and was being played on the left by Allardyce or just that he needed a run of games to rediscover his form, Jarvis has struggled badly at the Boleyn Ground.

According to teammate Mark Noble it had nothing to do with a lack of effort, the midfielder revealing at the end of last season that 'no player works harder than Matt Jarvis at West Ham'.

Linked with moves away

Jarvis was linked with moves to the likes of West Bromich Albion, Cardiff and Queens Park Rangers in January - as per the Daily Mail.

He even had a late loan switch to Loftus Road scuppered by Premier League rules when Harry Redknapp tried to send Mauro Zarate back to West Ham.

At 29-years-old, it is unlikely West Ham will be able to recoup anything like the money they paid for the one-time England international, given that he still has two years to run on his Hammers deal.

Does he have a future under Slaven Bilic?

So could that pave the way for him to reignite his career in East London where Bilic, known for his use of wingers and attacking style, will be needing a big squad given the extra games they will play as a result of their Europa League qualification?

Speaking to West Ham's official website, Jarvis insists he is feeling positive after returning to pre-season training with his teammates this week ahead of the club's first Europa League match next Thursday.

"I am looking forward to playing under the new manager," he told whufc.com.

"We will get to meet him this week and hopefully it will be very exciting.

“I am looking to have a big season. I was a bit disappointed last year but hopefully I will be able to kick-start (my career) this season.”

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