Slaven Bilic admits West Ham's Edimilson Fernandes has surprised him this season

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic didn't expect Edimilson Fernandes to become a first team player at West Ham so quickly.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has told the club's official website that he thinks Edimilson is a 'very talented player'.

The Hammers continued their recent resurgence by beating Chelsea 2-1 at the London Stadium in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, following on from 1-0 Premier League wins over Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

West Ham United's Edimilson Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goalWest Ham United's Edimilson Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal

Cheikhou Kouyate grabbed the opener before playmaker Edimilson Fernandes grabbed his first goal for the club, and whilst Gary Cahill did pull a goal back for Chelsea late in the day, it proved to be little more than a consolation as West Ham advanced into the last eight of the EFL Cup.

Many West Ham players impressed in another encouraging performance from Slaven Bilic's men, but youngster Fernandes particularly caught the eye.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder joined West Ham from Swiss side Sion over the summer, and was largely seen as a player for the future, but has recently broken into Bilic's first team.

West Ham United's Edimilson Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with Dimitri PayetWest Ham United's Edimilson Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with Dimitri Payet

Fernandes' goal was a sign of his superb quality at such a young age; picking the ball up on the right hand side of midfield, Fernandes drove forward before cutting inside and driving a left-footed strike past Asmir Begovic and into the corner of the net.

West Ham fans have every right to be excited about Fernandes' future in East London, and he has now received high praise from manager Bilic.

Bilic has told the club's official website that he still thinks Fernandes is something of an unknown player in England, and even he has been surprised by how quickly the midfielder has broken into the West Ham first team.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Croatian added that Fernandes has stamina, great technique, skill as well as cleverness, but needs to keep working hard as he looks to develop with the Hammers.

“He is very young and he’s relatively unknown in England,” said Bilic. “I would be lying if I said I expected him to break into the side so quickly. He presents himself very well in training and he is a very talented player who needs to keep working hard.”

“He has got everything; stamina, he has got technique and skill and a good football brain and he should bring us a lot of qualities,” he added.

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