West Ham round-up: Tomkins raves about Lanzini, Bilic sounds warning

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A couple of the latest West Ham stories as the international break brings calm to Upton Park.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has heaped praise on midfielder Manuel Lanzini (it's hard not to!), according to the club's official website.

Indeed, Tomkins has singled out the 22-year-old's ability to finish calmly under pressure against Everton, suggesting many other players might have lashed at the ball while he slotted home with finesse.

The defender is impressed with Lanzini's overall talent but does have one regret: that West Ham weren't able to score more during the first half of their 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend.

Tomkins told the West Ham site: "Manuel took his goal very well. Different players might have blasted it and hoped for the best but with the talent he’s got he’s bent it into the top corner.

"He’s got that ability, which is great for the team. We could have got a few [as a team] in that first half and it was a shame that we didn’t - but that happens."

Meanwhile, manager Slaven Bilic admits his side will be working on every area possible in training during the international break, also as stated on the West Ham site.

The Croat is pleased enough with the east London club's start to their Premier League season but insists they need to improve on their current level of consistency.

West Ham sit sixth in the standings heading into the break, just five points off top but, similarly, only five points above 12th-placed Stoke City and Watford, who are 11th.

Bilic warned: "We are going to work on and examine every area, tactics, physical side, medical things everything to make sure we are as good as we can be.

"We have shown that in parts so far but not consistent enough. We are going to win games and we are going to lose games. But if we keep our focus we will be a very hard team to beat."

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