Ian Pearce suggests Bilic will be backed over any request for more new players

Former West Ham United defender Ian Pearce has suggested that Slaven Bilic will be backed if he asks for more new players at the club.

Former West Ham United defender Ian Pearce told talkSPORT show Sports Bar what he feels will be the reaction of the club’s chairmen if Slaven Bilic goes asking for more new players.

Bilic has already overseen some positive additions to the West Ham squad in the form of Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet, but could still go cap in hand to David Gold and David Sullivan as he seeks new additions.

“I think the club need a centre-half and maybe a centre forward and I think you’re away,” Pearce told talkSPORT.

“I think he has people like the Chairmen to support him, so if he goes to them and says I want this player, I think they’ll be really supportive with him.”

Why the joint-chairmen must back Bilic

It’s simply a massive season for West Ham because it’s important the club can present themselves as an exciting club to follow for when they look to attract new fans to the Olympic Stadium.

Fans won’t turn up week after week to watch a disappointing side play, which is why Bilic needs a free licence to go and improve the squad where he sees fit over the course of the summer.

He’ll still have thoughts on where holes need to be plugged in West Ham’s squad and if he can improve his options in every position, he won’t have any excuses.

Where does the squad still need to be improved?

Up front is where Bilic could use an extra player following the exit of Carlton Cole, but Pearce’s suggestion of another centre half is debatable.

The Hammers already have some very good options in the middle of their backline in the form of Winston Reid, James Tomkins, James Collins and Reece Burke, which would suggest that all boxes are ticked for that position.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch