Speaking to talkSPORT (aired Wednesday, 07:40), Stuart Pearce has suggested that Sam Allardyce deserves praise for the work he did at West Ham, as he has been the basis of Slaven Bilic’s team who are flying so high in the Premier League.
Pearce said: “He’s put together this West Ham team who are doing particularly well at the moment. Slaven’s come in and added one or two, but Sam created that.”
Allardyce led West Ham back into the Premier League when they were a Championship side, and managed to establish them in the top flight.
He had them playing well in the first half of last season, before they collapsed and only managed a mid-table finish, and it is hard to disagree with his departure as it appeared he could take the club no further forward.
Bilic was appointed, and has created a West Ham side who can match any team in the league on their day, but Pearce believes that much of this success is down to the solid base Allardyce built at the Boleyn Ground.
The defence and goalkeeping positions are a large majority of Allardyce’s players, although the arrival of Angelo Ogbonna this summer has been a key factor in their recent success.
Where Allardyce cannot take much of the credit is the attacking flair that the Hammers have shown, with Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Victor Moses all coming to the club after Bilic’s appointment, and excelling in the Premier League.
Allardyce built a solid base out of his team, and made a side who were physical and tough to beat, but Bilic has taken the Hammers to another level since his appointment, and he deserves much of the praise for their success this term.