Sam Allardyce: What the Premier League has taught West Ham's new players

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has suggested what he feels some of his new players have learned about the Premier League.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has explained on the club’s website what he feels some of his players would have learned during their first season in the Premier League.

Allardyce made a number of signings last summer which have turned out to be crucial for the side, with players such as Aaron Cresswell, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, among others, all yet to complete one season in the Premier League.

“I think the lads in their first season in the Premier League have found out what physical and mental attributes are needed for a long season,” said Allardyce.

“We’ve still got to push on for the next seven games to get as many points as we can.”

Physically, the Premier League is far more difficult and competitive than many leagues around Europe.

It would have been easier in that sense for a player like Cresswell, who moved to the club with a Football League background, but it would have been stranger for players arriving from other leagues.

The Premier League allows greater physical contact than other divisions, with referees more lenient towards challenges that would be punished in other divisions.

Mentally it would have been challenging for some of the new arrivals mainly because of the pressure involved.

The intense scrutiny and criticism which can be levelled at players across all clubs in the Premier League is difficult to deal with.

However, as a result of the experience which has been accumulated by West Ham’s new players, the team should be stronger as a result looking ahead to next season.

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