Guest Post

Former West Ham goalkeeping legend Phil Parkes has urged manager Slaven Bilic to adopt a more daring approach to help snap the team out of their poor start to the season.

Before the international break, West Ham’s record of three games, three defeats, meant they were bottom of the Premier League table.

Writing in his column for Blowing Bubbles magazine, Parkes, a two-time FA Cup winner with West Ham and one of the Boys of 86, says one way to turn things around is to be more adventurous.

“We seem to rely too much on the counter-attack as our one way of playing these days – I think the management urgently needs to get some flair in there and take risks,” he said.

“The formation and approach can become too predictable and he needs to adapt it game conditions.

“Too often we look set up not to lose, rather than to win the game, which is foreign to me as a member of John Lyall’s attack, attack, attack policy. We have to press teams a lot more.”

Read more from Phil Parkes in the latest edition of Blowing Bubbles