David Sullivan explains what Slaven Bilic is unhappy about at West Ham

Slaven Bilic

West Ham are struggling to keep clean sheets this season.

Although West Ham are doing well in terms of results, David Sullivan has told the official club website that Slaven Bilic is disappointed with the lack of clean sheets that the Hammers have secured this term.

The co-chairman said: “I know Slaven is unhappy that we are not keeping clean sheets and he will be looking to put that right.”

The Hammers kept three clean sheets in their first five league games this season, an impressive return, but they have since struggled to replicate that form in their own defensive third.

They have not completed another shut out in the following nine games, and whilst Bilic has had to deal with defensive injuries and an almost constantly changing defensive unit, the East London side should be doing better if they have ambitions to actually compete for European football.

Aside from the lack of clean sheets, the Hammers are on a poor run of form in terms of their results, with just two points from their last four games, and their attacking flair somewhat drying up.

Of course, they are struggling without Dimitri Payet to call upon, and Diafra Sakho’s absence will deal the Hammers another huge blow, and in this case it is a surprise that Bilic has not set his team to set-up more defensively.

Sullivan has admitted that Bilic is disappointed with the lack of clean sheets his team have been keeping, and it is likely that the coming weeks will be spent shoring up his defence on the training ground.

The Hammers have proven that attacking play has been their strength this season, but their results will not start to improve unless they can start showing the same defensive solidity as seen during the beginning of the campaign.

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