Slaven Bilic believes third-placed West Ham can still improve “in every aspect” – and sees no reason why they should drop dramatically.
The Hammers increased the pressure on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with a 2-1 victory at Upton Park last weekend, adding to the scalps of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City as Bilic’s fine start to his managerial career in England continues.
West Ham travel to Watford on Saturday looking to maintain pace with the front-runners, but Bilic insists there is plenty of room for improvement from his squad.
“It has been a good start and we are enjoying it but we are on the ground totally,” he said.
“It is only a start but we are confident, we are playing well and if we continue to work hard as we have since day one, of course there will be ups and downs results-wise, but I don’t see a reason why we should drop dramatically.
“The core of the team has been playing together for some time now and that is the greatest thing, we only added some players we thought were necessary to make the team better.
“It is still early days to say where the limits are for this team – what is definite is that we have lots of room to improve from every aspect.”
When asked to specify what areas he was specifically talking about, Bilic replied: “Everything.
“Some players know each other only for a couple of months so we can improve organisation and transition.
“We can improve small things like set-pieces and second balls. We definitely have to improve in shooting because we are not shooting enough. That doesn’t mean I’m not happy with the performances so far but we can improve in absolutely everything.”
Club-record signing Andy Carroll came off the bench to head the winner against Chelsea as the England striker returns to full fitness.
With Enner Valencia also closing in on a return, Bilic admits he will soon have a selection dilemma on his hands – while backing the England contingent such as Carroll, Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson to push for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
“Now I have a positive headache, I have many good players who deserve to be selected in the first 11 or the 18 but I have to make the choice,” he added.
“We have most of the players back and I’m glad of it, our medical team has done really well. We are planning that if someone is tired he will get individual training and stay in the gym to protect them from injuries.
“I was the manager of my country (Croatia) for six years. I don’t want to tell the England manager who he should pick or not, especially after winning 10 games.
“They have the best record in Europe but of course we have some good players and I rate my players.
“If they continue to play like this they have every reason to hope they are going to be involved in the England team.”
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