Former West Ham United goalkeeper David James has told Calcio Mercato that he feels striker Simone Zaza is improving under Slaven Bilic.
West Ham swooped to land Zaza, 25, after Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain, with a loan move to the London Stadium offering Zaza a better chance of first-team football.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic speaks with Simone Zaza
Seen as the striker who could find the net for West Ham, Zaza arrived with big expectations but has so far been one of the flops of the Premier League season.
Zaza has yet to score in ten appearances for West Ham, and with the deal scheduled to become permanent once he plays 14 games – as reported by The Guardian – West Ham need to decide whether to leave Zaza out to avoid that permanent deal, or press ahead and hope that he comes good.
West Ham United's Simone Zaza looks dejected
Zaza has been benched in recent games in favour of Diafra Sakho, but with the Senegalese international now out with a hamstring injury, Zaza will be hoping to play against Arsenal this weekend.
Ahead of that game, former West Ham United goalkeeper David James – who made over 100 appearances for the club during his playing days – has offered his thoughts on Zaza.
Speaking to Calcio Mercato, James admitted that he has been down to watch West Ham training in recent weeks, and saw that Zaza is improving under the guidance of Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.
David James at Liverpool
James feels that Bilic is a great coach who improves players, and he's now starting to change Zaza's game in order to suit English football, offering a rare positive view on the Italian striker.
“I went to training a few weeks ago, I could see that he’s improving” said James. “Slaven Bilic is a great coach, he improves players. He’s beginning to help him [Zaza] change in order to get used to the English game,” he added.
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