Slaven Bilic explains the position he wants to hold at West Ham

Slaven Bilic

West Ham boss Bilic wants to create a culture of youth football at the Boleyn Ground.

Bilic is only in his first season as West Ham head coach, but he has told the Standard that he wants to reach a position in the future where he can build the club up with his own youth players.

Bilic said: “I am not in a position of signing a young talent who will produce in a couple of years’ time. I have to do well in my first season and then, hopefully, reach that status in the future.”

Despite admitting that his job is on the line this season, having only taken charge in the summer, Bilic has not been against utilising youth players in his first-team set-up.

The likes of Reece Oxford, Martin Samuelsen and Josh Cullen have all featured this season, but considering Bilic needs results ahead of continuity, he has favoured a senior first-team set-up.

All the signings made over the summer were for players who can immediately slot into the first-team, and they were made to ensure the Hammers remain in the top flight, with stars who can perform now.

However, this is not how Bilic wants to spend his entire career in East London, and he has stated that he wants to get to a time in the future when he is signing players for the development sides, building his own youth generation to progress through into the first-team.

The Croatian boss certainly sounds as if he has a long-term plans for the Hammers, and after his start to life at the Boleyn Ground, it is hard to suggest that he does not deserve to build a legacy with West Ham United.

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