Hammers manager David Moyes has lifted the lid on a rarely used West Ham player’s state of mind after a freak incident.
West Ham have had a rare full week to recover following the game against Burnley last Sunday.
And one West Ham player in particular needed it after a seemingly traumatic experience in the 1-1 draw.
The Nikola Vlasic was a £33m summer arrival from CSKA Moscow being tipped for big things with West Ham.
But the move just has not worked out for the Croatian midfielder thus far.
Vlasic has barely featured for West Ham this season and has struggled to impress on the odd occasion he is given a chance by Moyes.
The 24-year-old looked to have been involved in a coming together which saw Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood suffer a horrendous injury last weekend.
Vlasic was a part of the collision that caused Westwood’s injury, but his challenge had absolutely no malice behind it, and it was an unfortunate incident.
Vlasic was visibly horrified at the thought of causing such an injury to Westwood and had to be consoled by players from both West Ham and Burnley.
On the pitch Vlasic was quickly reassured that it wasn’t his fault with the dry turf cited as the reason for Westwood’s serious injury.
David Moyes lifts lid on rarely used West Ham player’s state of mind after freak incident
Everyone’s wishes were obviously with Westwood who now faces a long spell out of action.
But the moment also summed up Vlasic’s time at West Ham so far.
Now Moyes has lifted the lid on the rarely used West Ham player’s state of mind after freak incident (CareFree Chelsea YouTube).
“He (Vlasic) has been fine,” Moyes said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea.
“He’s been good. I don’t think he’s had any reaction. He realises he couldn’t do anything about it so it hasn’t affected him at all.
“They (the Burnley players consoling Vlasic) were very good.
“I think we all know when there’s a bad tackle and people let you know.
“But I think there’s other times when you’re well aware there’s been nothing at all and obviously there was nothing there (on Vlasic’s part in the challenge).”