West Ham to stick with in-form Ayew and Co - Bilic

The Ghanaian is expected to keep his place in the manager’s regular set-up, having impressed in his past few games

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says he is going for experience at the expense of youth as the club strive to turn their fortunes around in the English Premier League.

Ahead of Saturday’s matchday 11 clash with Liverpool, the Hammers sit 16th on the table, only two places and one point above the relegation zone.

Among other experienced lads, Ayew is expected to lead the club’s renaissance, having netted three times in his last two games in all competitions.

“People like Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen – they were with us in the last pre-season. They are doing well. I like young players. Declan Rice is becoming a very important player for West Ham,” Bilic said.

“The Toni Martinez situation, I know he is scoring goals for West Ham and I know him very well. But at the moment we have a few strikers in good form.

“You asked me in this press-conference – you mentioned Andre Ayew is in good form, you mentioned Chicharito is in good form and you asked me if Andy Carroll is the ideal player to play against Liverpool.

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“At the moment, we have to stick with those experienced players who have to make it up and take us out of this situation. Then we have a great platform for the kids to play. It was always like that and it is the best way for them.”

Ayew has made a total of nine league appearances for West Ham this season, scoring twice.

He only recently returned to Bilic’s starting XI after scoring twice in a 3-2 League Cup triumph over Tottenham Hotspur last month.

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