Alan Irvine backs new West Ham duo Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral to come good like David Moyes’s top boy Pablo Fornals.

Hammers fans were gutted to learn highly respected coach Irvine was stepping down as West Ham assistant boss in the summer.

West Ham confirmed that the Scot would be taking on a new technical advisory role to assist manager and close friend Moyes and his coaching staff this season.

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Moyes and his staff regularly speak with the former Preston North End manager as much as three times a week.


And they use the discussion time to analyse the team’s performance and discuss individual players.

So Irvine’s opinion and guidance still carries a lot of weight at West Ham.

And two players very much the topic of debate among supporters right now are summer signings Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral.

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Both midfielders have come to West Ham from Russian football. And while both have showed glimpses of promise, neither has been able to really make a big impact and establish themselves in Moyes’s side as yet.

In an age where people want everything instantly, patience is becoming a forgotten virtue in football.

But Irvine has moved to reassure supporters that Vlasic and Kral will come good – just like Moyes’s top boy Pablo Fornals and slow starter Said Benrahma did under the Scottish pair’s tutelage (The Athletic).

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Alan Irvine backs new West Ham duo Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral to come good like David Moyes’s top boy Pablo Fornals

“You have to remember, it takes time for players to adapt,” Irvine told The Athletic.

“It’s going to take time for Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral because they’ve played in leagues that are slower.

“It took time for Said Benrahma and you can see the improvement that he’s made. Initially, Craig Dawson couldn’t get a game when he joined. The best is still to come too from Pablo.

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“You have to remember when we first came in Pablo wasn’t in the team all the time. It’s a hard league to play in so that’s why a lot of the time new signings don’t play straight away. They need to get used to what Moyes wants from them.”

If Irvine is backing Vlasic and Kral to come good then who are we to argue.

Let’s hope both are quick learners as West Ham are undoubtedly going to need them during a hectic winter schedule.

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