By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

30th Oct, 2021 | 5:10pm

Frank McAvennie cites Said Benrahma amid Nikola Vlasic struggles at West Ham

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Frank McAvennie suggests Nikola Vlasic needs more time to adapt to West Ham after the Croatia international’s early-season struggles in east London.

Vlasic, 24, joined from CSKA Moscow on August deadline day for an initial £26.8million fee, with a further £7.7million to be paid in add-ons [BBC].

However, he is yet to score or register an assist for his new club in eight appearances, just three of which have come in the Premier League.

McAvennie suggests he may need to work harder in possession, but he has pointed to the development of Said Benrahma as a tool for inspiration.

“I think so [Moyes knows what he’s doing],” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“He did the same with Benrahma, he kept dropping him and bringing him in. Benrahma, when he loses the ball, he loses it in the right area now, if there is such a thing. The higher up the field he can afford to lose it because everyone is behind him and he can afford to go and do his magic, Lanzini used to do that.

“They’re structured; everyone’s got a job to do and everyone goes about their business. I don’t like it in modern football when players don’t help out their mates, but West Ham do – if someone loses it, they chase it. That’s teamwork. I’m a great believer in that. All the good players work their socks off.”

In other West Ham news, Micah Richards’ Irons admission stunned Mark Chapman & Chris Sutton this week.

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