By Johnny Edward:
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he has been impressed with the development of Victor Moses since the Nigeria star’s return to Chelsea at the end of last season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Moses spent last season on loan with the Hammers where he scored twice in 26 appearances.
“His potential, his characteristics, his strength, were always amazing,” Bilic said on Thursday during his press conference ahead of the Premier League visit of Chelsea on Monday.
“His pace, quality on the ball and stamina is basically top, top class. Sometimes you have to push him to do it day in day out and now he is doing it.
“That is why he has done amazingly to keep his place in such a good side that probably was not guaranteed for him. It was everything but guaranteed for him in the beginning of the season. But he proved himself.
“If you add on top of that he is playing in a position that is not basically his ideal position – or wasn’t his ideal position. It makes his achievement even greater and he should be very proud of what he has done since the start of the season.”
According to Bilic, former West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet admitted that Moses was better than himself when they were both at the club last season.
“I remember once we had training and I spoke to Payet during last season,” Bilic added.
“It was him I think and a couple of other players. Payet said that Victor, including himself, is the best player that we have in West Ham. I mean seriously.
“It was about time to show what he had in himself and explode in a positive way – he has done it. He looks on the pitch very concentrated and very serious. He became a tough player.
“I am glad for him. He was our player and we enjoyed that year. He said that he also had good memories of his time here. So I am really glad for him. Of course he had it in him.”
Bilic is also optimistic that injured Andy Carroll will be fit for the Chelsea match.
He said: “He has trained individually for the last few days. He did everything with the fitness guys and joined us yesterday.
“It looks good. And especially with him it will be a week of good training which will be enough for him to be fit for a game so I’m very optimistic about whether he will play or not.”