Slaven Bilic labels three West Ham United players 'magicians'

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West Ham United have the second best goalscoring record of any team in the Premier League.

Slaven Bilic has told the London Evening Standard that West Ham United attackers Mauro Zarate, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini are all ‘magicians’.

The trio have been in sparkling form over the season so far, but it is not just their skill which Bilic has been impressed by.

The Croatian manager admits that by putting so many creative players in their team, West Ham could have left themselves exposed defensively, but he feels that all three of the aforementioned tricksters have worked hard for the good of the collective cause.

“We have a lot of skill,” he said. “Mauro Zarate, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini are all better on the ball than without it.

“They are magicians who can do wonders with the ball and if you put them all in your team, you might suffer a little bit defensively but the great thing is they are doing the dirty work as well.

“When the players who are good on the ball are taking that responsibility, then you have a great chance.”

Lanzini and Payet have been two of the Premier League’s most eye-catching performers over the season so far.

The pair, who were both signed by West Ham during the summer transfer window, have dazzled with their ability in possession, and they have caused opposition defences all sorts of problems.

Zarate, meanwhile, has enjoyed something of a resurgence under the guidance of Bilic.

The Argentine’s time at Upton Park appeared to be coming to an end under Sam Allardyce, but goals against Arsenal and Chelsea have brought him back into contention this season.

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