Etherington urges Bilic not to alter West Ham's midfield

Former West Ham United star Matt Etherington has urged Slaven Bilic to use continuity with his team.

Former West Ham United player Matt Etherington told talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel Slaven Bilic should mess around too much with the side’s midfield.

Etherington was quizzed by the radio station over the suggestion of a new player coming in, but he explained that Bilic should have seen enough in the first game against Arsenal to feel that continuity is the right way forward.

Etherington has also become the latest player to give a special mention to talented youngster Reece Oxford, who outperformed more expensive and more experienced midfield options, despite being just 16-years-old.

“You wouldn’t want to mess around with that midfield too much after the performance on Sunday with Kouyate, Noble and Reece Oxford, who I thought was unbelievable with the way he performed,” he told talkSPORT.

A chance for continuity

The three options that Etherington mentions above do deserve the chance to form a relationship and a chance to become the three key midfielders for the team.

At some point Bilic will have to make a change because someone like Oxford, who is still very young, needs a bit of support and will need to be protected at times.

However, there are other options already in the squad who can step forward and do a job such as the experienced Kevin Nolan or another younger player like Diego Poyet.

There is still plenty of time left in the transfer window if manager Bilic feels he needs to bring in more players but the Hammers certainly aren’t in a position where they need to panic because they have found a good combination of central midfield men.

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