Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has suggested there is a difficult balance between good football and results for West Ham this season.
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he thinks West Ham fans are being naïve if they want beautiful football over results this season.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under a little bit of pressure to improve the way the team have been playing, transforming the side and progressing them from the performances supporters got used to under Sam Allardyce last year.
Murphy has also suggested that the arrival of Bilic at the club doesn’t automatically mean that the team will play a better brand of football over the course of the campaign.
“It’s not really (true there is a ‘West Ham way’), it’s winning and losing. If West Ham fans want to see beautiful football every week and aren’t bothered about results then I think that’s naïve – Does it mean they’re going to move on and play expansive football? (Bilic’s appointment) No, it’s a risk,” he told talkSPORT.
Why this season is massive for West Ham and Bilic
There are two main reasons why Bilic needs to have a good season with the Hammers, getting them playing good football.
Firstly, it’s vital that the club ensure that they remain a Premier League club.
The Premier League next season sees a new TV rights deal kicking in, which will leave any club in the top flight with a small fortune to spend.
Secondly, Bilic needs to try and improve the brand of football because of the club’s imminent move to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.
There is pressure for the club to be attractive for new fans to watch, in order for those supporters to flood back time and time again to support the side.