West Ham new boys will have to bide their time to break into first team after Liverpool performance

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West Ham United's glut of deadline-day signings may be expecting first-team football but they will have to bide their time after the 3-0 win over Liverpool.

The Hammers were one of the busiest clubs on deadline day, and indeed all summer, signing 12 players in total with a net spend of around £25-30 million including loan fees.

It climaxed with a quite memorable deadline day in east London where no less than four players were brought in.

Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic, Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, Chelsea star Victor Moses and Nottingham Forest's exciting and powerful winger Michail Antonio were all signed up to bolster a buoyant squad in the wake of a stunning 3-0 win over Liverpool, the club's first victory at Anfield for 52 years.

But while Slaven Bilic desperately needed those players on board for such an important season - the last at Upton Park before the big move to the Olympic Stadium - they may find breaking into the first team tough.

That's if the Hammers continue to perform as they did at Liverpool where nearly every single player put on an 8, 9 or even 10 out of 10 display.

New boys face a battle

Song will not be fit until October as he continues his comeback from injury. He will most likely go head to head with the likes of captain Mark Noble and fellow new signing Pedro Obiang for a place in the Hammers midfield.

The key thing about the new arrivals is that it gives Bilic more options to play different formations and styles.

With the arrival of Moses and Antonio, the main place under threat is that of Manuel Lanzini who, ironically, was West Ham's best player against Liverpool in the stunning 3-0 win last time out.

And even though the east Londoners have been experiencing something of an injury crisis up front with Enner Valencia, Andy Carroll and Mauro Zarate all out, Jelavic faces a battle for game time.

That's because Diafra Sakho is established as the club's main striker while Zarate and Carroll have both been tipped to make their returns from the treatment room next time out against Newcastle United.

A difficult dilemma for Bilic

It presents a bit of a dilemma for Bilic early on in his West Ham career.

Does he chuck the new boys straight in and make a statement that they are his first-choice players and risk upsetting some of the current squad? Or does he wait until the performance levels of the current incumbents of the shirts have a dip in form before introducing new blood?

The other crucial thing to consider is that both West Ham's home games this season have ended in disappointing defeats while they have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool away. They are clearly a side that was better set up to play away and on the counter attack.

At home, particularly against lesser sides, when they are expected to be on the front foot against teams who set up the same way the Hammers have done at Anfield and the Emirates, it has been a different story. A lack of width has been one of the major issues and so Bilic may feel he needs to change the style completely at home, starting against the Magpies, to turn things around at Upton Park.

Indeed, it is a decision which could make or break his reputation with many of the club's stars and could also define how successful a season West Ham enjoy. No pressure, Slav.

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