Slaven Bilic fires a warning at his West Ham players

Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been superb this season.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has warned his players not to get carried away with media praise as he looks to keep his side grounded for the season run-in, he wrote for the London Evening Standard.

The Hammers have had a wonderful campaign this season, beating a number of top teams on their travels and giving themselves a real chance of breaking in to the Premier League’s top four.

Moreover, a Wembley encounter is just one game away as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, a game which is most certainly winnable on current form.

West Ham have had a number of excellent performers this season, with Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Winston Reid stand-outs in their respective position.

All five in particular have deservedly been in the media spotlight at some point this season, yet Bilic warns too much praise could be damaging as he warns his players of overconfidence.

“For me, what is most important is that, up to a limit, it is the players here who receive the recognition. If the media and pundits praise the players, it is good for them,” Bilic explained.

“I say up to a limit because, if it is too much, things can go out of control a little and people can get a bit carried away.”

“It’s not a problem, not even a challenge, but it’s something you have to monitor. You have to spend a few minutes talking with them.”

Payet has ultimately been West Ham’s key player this campaign, and many Premier League observers and pundits alike feel he is up there with the best signings this season.

Media praise hasn’t done much to alter the Frenchman’s form at Upton Park as of yet, though with a top four place in sight it will be interesting to see how Bilic’s side start to manage expectations and pressure.

West Ham currently sit in fifth spot, one point behind Manchester City who have played a game less.

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