West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic praises Toni Martinez

	West Ham United co chairman David Sullivan after the press conference

West Ham United signed Toni Martinez from Valencia earlier this summer.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic has told West Ham United’s official website that Toni Martinez has proven that he can make an impact at the Olympic Stadium in the coming years.

Martinez has had an opportunity to impress over pre-season, and he appears to have taken it with both hands.

The 19-year-old has played in both West Ham’s friendlies during their tour of America, and he has caught Slaven Bilic’s eye.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

However, the Croatian boss insists that Martinez will not be a permanent inclusion in West Ham’s first-team this season - as they are still looking to strengthen their forward line.

“Martinez has showed that he definitely has a future with West Ham, but we are competing in the Premier League and they are still too young,” Bilic said.

“Some of them can do what [Marcus] Rashford did for Man United last season, but to play a full season with them from the start would not be the option we want. They can emerge and surprise and amaze us and the league, like Rashford, but we are still looking to get a striker if we can, but only if he is a better striker than what we have.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and coach Julian Dicks (L) during training

Martinez is one of a number of promising players currently breaking through at West Ham.

The Hammers have kept one eye on the future with their transfer dealings, and they also snapped up Manchester United’s Ashley Fletcher yesterday.

West Ham are still expected to spend big on a forward before the competitive season starts, as Bilic has plenty of funds to spend this summer.

West Ham lost their first friendly to Seattle Sounders 3-0, but they managed a 2-2 draw with the Carolina Railhawks last night.

	West Ham United co chairman David Sullivan after the press conference

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