Matt Jarvis looking to impress new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic

Matt Jarvis

The winger impressed in their first leg tie against FC Lusitans and is looking to do so again in the second leg.

Matt Jarvis says he is looking to impress new boss Slaven Bilic in pre-season via the club’s official website.

The Hammers take on FC Lusitans in their Europa League first qualifying round second leg tie on Thursday, having won the first leg comfortably at Upton Park last time around.

Jarvis played in that game and caught the eye, with an impressive all round winger's performance seeing him grab an assist for captain James Tomkins' goal. And he says he is looking to impress on Bilic once again.

“This is a great opportunity to show the new manager what you can do and a great platform to be playing in the Europa League,” he told whufc.com

“It’s a fresh start for everyone. Competition for places is no greater incentive for a player to show his best. He [Bilic] has told us all it is a fresh start and everyone will get an opportunity.”

Unlikely to get game time regardless

Jarvis was arguably brought in by former boss Sam Allardyce to accompany the signing of Andy Carroll, with Jarvis providing the crosses for the former Newcastle forward.

However, Carroll’s injuries have see his game time severely limited and West Ham went in a different way last season, with even Stewart Downing moving into a more central position and impressing as well.

Given that Bilic has been brought in to bring better football to Upton Park, and having signed Dimitri Payet as well, it is hard to imagine they will be going back to the heavy crossing game that suits Jarvis, meaning his game time may be limited regardless of his pre-season performances.

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