West Ham’s Adrian discusses new passing style under Slaven Bilic

The Hammers goalkeeper also says an extended Europa League campaign is a welcome addition to their schedule.

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has revealed to the club’s official website that the side are focusing heavily on Slaven Bilic’s new passing style in pre-season.

The former Besiktas manager arrived as Sam Allardyce’s replacement last month with the remit of bringing a more eye-catching brand of football to the Boleyn Ground.

That came after several years under Allardyce where fans complained that he didn’t have his side playing the ‘West Ham way’. That is something they’ll expect from Bilic, and Adrian claims they are already working hard on a possession-based approach.

“A lot of things have changed since last season,” he told whufc.com.

“The new manager has got a different passing style and we need time to adapt to it. This is why we need more games before the Premier League starts.”

Europa League a welcome addition 

The Hammers have faced an early start to their pre-season schedule, having qualified for the Europa League via the Fair Play League last season.

That has already seen them play and win a two-legged first qualifying round tie against FC Lusitans, while they also won the first leg of their second round tie against Birkirkara FC in midweek.

Some consider the Europa League to be a burden and undesirable, with several Premier League sides having suffered domestically in the past while participating in the competition. Adrian isn’t one of them, though, saying the return of continental football to Upton Park can only be seen as a good thing.

“We want to go as far as we can in Europe,” he added.

“It’s an important competition for us, it’s a test but as a player, you want these games. It’s an emotional season for the fans and an important one for everyone at the club. We want to finish as high in the league as possible for our final season.”

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