Tomkins suggests patience will be key in adapting to Bilic changes

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West Ham United defender James Tomkins has claimed it will take time for the club to get use to the style and tactical changes of manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has told the club’s official website that patience is the key as the squad adjust to Slaven Bilic’s style of play.

The centre back has suggested that the side are being taught a very particular brand of pass and move football under the Hammers boss, who has now had a good chance to work with his squad in training as well as competitive matches.

It’s important that the side get used to the demands of Bilic’s methods quickly, with the return of the Premier League now under three weeks away.

“The Gaffer’s impressing on us how he wants to play – pass and move, and press and defend. It’s the whole rotating system that we need to get used to and it takes a bit of time,” he told

Proactive tactics from the gaffer

Bilic drilling his players into adapting to his style quickly is important and it’s the responsibility of more senior figures in the side like Tomkins to ensure that the team works through any difficult periods and blips.

Bilic wants West Ham to control games through possession play, with attackers moving off the ball to give the creative players in the midfield more options.

However, it is very important for the defence to deal with some demons which started to appear over the second half of the last campaign.

West Ham lost a lot of points late into games, with results against Spurs and Manchester United good examples, so it’s important for defensive players to be able to drop back into position quickly, preventing late goals from being conceding and negative results from accumulating.

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