Alan Smith confident West Ham will progress under Slaven Bilic

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Former Gunner Alan Smith is confident of a bright future for West Ham United under the guidance of their new manager.

Former Arsenal forward Alan Smith told the Daily Telegraph that he feels West Ham United will slightly improve this season under the guidance of Slaven Bilic.

Bilic has a big task on his hands to get the Hammers into a good position by the time of the move to the Olympic Stadium, with Smith suggesting that the club’s Europa League adventure won’t get in the way of their Premier League aims.

“A new era dawns with Slaven Bilic in charge and the owners help their man by splashing some cash. Knowing he must stay in this division ahead of the stadium move, the talented Bilic should have enough, even with the Europa League getting in the way,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

Europa League could be the decisive factor

The Europa League is going to be a real issue and how Bilic approaches the competition will have a big say on how the club does domestically.

The main issue that the Europa League creates for the Hammers is that it creates a very short turnaround time before important league games at weekends.

Bilic has already made some good signings to improve the depth of his squad but he needs to work hard, adding more players to the mix which gives him a better chance of keeping everyone fresher for Premier League matches.

The club’s survival in the Premier League shouldn’t be a concern for the club, but how hard they can push in terms of the top half and pushing for the top eight could be determined by the pressures and strains of European football.

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