Bilic outlines a positive problem at West Ham, praises Michail Antonio

West Ham United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez (L) and West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic gesture during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United...

West Ham United are back in Premier League action this afternoon.

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted in The London Evening Standard that keeping all his players happy when they are fit is a problem.

The Hammers have a good squad and have some wonderful players, such as Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic.

The London club have not made a great start to the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, although one must acknowledge the injuries and suspensions they have had in the opening weeks of the season.

West Ham manager Bilic has admitted that keeping all of his players when they are fit is an issue, but the 49-year-old former Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas boss has said that it is a positive problem.

New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between West Ham United and FC Lusitans at Boleyn Ground on July 2, 2015 in London, England.

“With Marko Arnautovic available again following suspension and Manuel Lanzini getting closer to fitness, I am going to have more options soon,” Bilic wrote in The London Evening Standard ahead of the Hammers’ Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

“For a manager, that is a positive problem but every Premier League club are in a similar position now.

“The question of keeping everyone happy then is a difficult one but unless you are really overloaded, every player can feel that he is an important cog in the wheel.”

Michail Antonio of West Ham United (30) beats Antonio Valencia of Manchester United to score their second and equalising goal with a header during the Barclays Premier League match between...

West Ham manager Bilic has also welcomed the return to fitness of 27-year-old winger Michail Antonio.

The former Sheffield Wednesday winger, who has been on the books of West Ham since the summer of 2015 when he joined from Nottingham Forest for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £7 million, has featured in three Premier League games so far this season.

“Another big positive for me was Michail Antonio,” Bilic wrote in The London Evening Standard. “Sometimes defenders will know what he intends to do, but stopping him is another matter.

“We were hoping he would return to fitness quickly because he is a beast but, in reality, after his serious hamstring injury he also needed a few games. Now he has them under his belt, he is looking better and better.”

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