Has Slaven Bilic been influenced by Harry Redknapp's thinking with squad selection?

Slaven Bilic - West Ham Vs Birkrikara

The West Ham coach has taken a different approach to his side's Europa League tie.

Ahead of West Ham United's make-or-break Europa League tie with Astra Giurgiu, Slaven Bilic has taken a very different approach.

Indeed, the West Ham boss has picked a weakened squad and made it clear his priority is his side's Premier League opener against Arsenal. It might cause a stir among some but will be understood by many.

Especially Harry Redknapp.

Just yesterday, the former West Ham head coach warned Bilic that the Europa League could be a huge hindrance to the east London club's top-flight campaign. He also said he'd give him a call ahead of the game.

Now, Bilic most likely picked his own squad without the advice of Redknapp and may not have even spoken to him. But has his selection been influenced by the 68-year-old's thinking - or at the very least a similar school of thought?

By picking a weakened squad, Bilic has more or less set his stall out straightaway. A memorable European campaign could be a special way to say goodbye to Upton Park. But, considering it is the Europa League not Champions League, a successful Premier League season would probably be seen as a far better way of going about it.

That's certainly how Redknapp feels. And it looks like that's the way Bilic sees it, too...

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