Slaven Bilic has admitted to West Ham United’s official website that Simone Zaza needs to start producing at the London Stadium.
Zaza was signed by West Ham on loan from Juventus last summer, but the Italian international has had a disastrous start in English football.
Zaza still has not hit the back of the net, and his performances have drawn a lot of criticism.
However, Bilic still has faith in the 25-year-old coming good - and insists that he can turn things around at the London Stadium.
“I believe in him,” Bilic said. “He’s our player and it’s not only him but we need him to, with the help of teammates, to start producing and doing what we got him for. If he starts or doesn’t start games, it has nothing to do with the clause but only on his training performances and performances in games.”
Zaza has played 10 games for West Ham in all competitions so far this season.
It seems unlikely that he will start for the Hammers at the weekend, when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
West Ham have Diafra Sakho back available for selection now, and Andy Carroll has also made a return to training - meaning Bilic’s options up-front now look far stronger.
West Ham go into their match with the Red Devils sitting in 17th place in the Premier League table, after a disappointing start to the campaign.