Shaka Hislop: West Ham believe in Slaven Bilic because of his youth philosophy and style of football

West Ham have enjoyed a strong start to life under Slaven Bilic.

Bilic was appointed head coach of the Hammers over the summer, and Shaka Hislop has told the official club website that his youth philosophy has been one of the central reasons that West Ham believe in him to lead the club.

Hislop, formerly of West Ham and Newcastle, said: “They have got a manager in Slaven Bilic who knows the Club, who knows the fans, who knows the way they want the game played and he respects it. The Club believe in this manager, they believe that he is going to bring the kind of football they want to see, that he will give the yoing players in the Academy their opportunity.”

Despite being in charge for less than three months, Bilic has already shown his willingness to fulfil both the aims requested of him.

He has played attractive football in the so-called ‘West Ham Way’, with results coming because of it, and has showing a willingness to not only use youth, but utilise talented academy players in key games.

Reece Oxford is the prime example, having made his Premier League debut on the opening day as the Hammers defeated Arsenal, whilst Josh Cullen, Martin Samuelsen and Elliot Lee have all also appeared under the head coach.

So far, Bilic has done everything asked of him, and aside from two questionable losses to Leicester and Bournemouth, he has enjoyed a great start to life back at the Boleyn Ground.

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