West Ham star James Tomkins says new boss Slaven Bilic has the aura to be a success

West Ham United defender James Tomkins says he is still getting to know new boss Slaven Bilic but can already see he has the aura to be a success.

West Hame defender James Tomkins has been quoted by the Daily Star, explaining that he can already sense the presence that manager Slaven Bilic carries around with him.

Tomkins was named captain for the Hammers' first game of the new season, a comfortable 3-0 win over FC Lusitans in the Europa League on Thursday night where he also scored.

Bilic has been in Ireland leading a pre-season training camp with established first team players. Meanwhile a squad of younger players with a sprinkling of senior professionals has been back home building up to the start of the Europa League qualifying process.

Although Bilic elected to sit in the stands for last Thursday's match, he was in the changing room before and after to speak to the players.

And homegrown Hammer Tomkins has told the Daily Star he thinks the former Croatia boss has the right ingredients to take the club on to a new level.

"I haven't seen much of him, but he has that presence about him that good managers have," the 26-year-old told the Daily Star.

"He comes into a room and you can almost hear the silence."

"I've heard the training has been unbelievable in Cork, actually."

Sam Allardyce did a good job

Tomkins said he felt his former manager Sam Allardyce had done a great job.

But like everyone at the club, the defender was enthused to see the swell of support for the new regime with 35,000 fans selling out their match against the Andorran minnows.

As a former player Bilic will no doubt be given a longer honeymoon period than a so-called outsider.

Extra burden, added pressure

But many pundits and supporters have expressed fears the extra burden of European competition in what will be Bilic's first season in the Premier League could be his undoing.

The former Besiktas boss also has the added pressure of knowing this is the club's last ever season at the Boleyn Ground, their home of 112 years.

Not only do the board and fans want to give their famous old stadium a fitting send off. But the club knows it must be competing in the higher reaches of the Premier League when they move to the 54,000 Olympic Stadium next summer.

But if Tomkins is right, they have the perfect man to meet those targets head on.

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