Winston Reid explains what he always wanted to achieve with West Ham

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

West Ham United defender Winston Reid says he always wanted to play in Europe.

West Ham United defender Winston Reid has been quoted by BT Sport explaining that he always wanted to play in Europe with the Hammers.

He signed a new contract with the club last season and will be one of Slaven Bilic’s key players across all competitions once the start of the Premier League gets underway in just over two weeks.

Reid should take his position in a strongest possible West Ham back four, but it’s going to be a real test for Bilic in terms of knowing when to use him and when to withdraw him, to give him a rest.

“Playing in Europe was one of the things I wanted to do and I felt I could achieve it with this club,” he’s quoted by BT Sport.

“These first few rounds are tough games against teams we are not really used to, but we want to progress and reach the group stage, obviously.”

The dilemma facing Bilic over Reid

This coming season is going to be a long and testing one for West Ham, with pressure on Bilic to do well in all competitions, not just the Premier League.

For him to get the most out of each competition and the most out of each player, he’s going to have to run the risk of ruffling a few feathers with his key players.

There are going to be occasions when the matches are coming thick and fast, where the boss has to step in and tell his stars to have a rest.

Reid is naturally a more experienced and arguably higher quality option when compared to someone like Reece Burke, but there could be a game where the youngsters is the fresher and more logical option.

Hopefully it’s a balance that Bilic can achieve quickly and consistently.

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