Monday, 25th August, 2014

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is pleased with the performances of his new signings against Crystal Palace.

Goals from Mauro Zarate, Stewart Downing and Carlton Cole helped the Hammers to register a comfortable 3-1 win over Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Allardyce reserved special praise for his new signings and is happy with the way they have quickly adjusted to the Premier League after the loss against Tottenham in the first game of their season.

"It's the best I've seen three players adjust to the Premier League in my eleven or 12 years in this league", the West Ham manager told the club’s official site.

"All three were good. I've seen one or two hit the ground running, but all three of them have. It was a really good comeback from last week's loss to Spurs.”  


The Hammers boss praised the way Cheikhou Kouyate controlled the midfield on Saturday and likes the way he enjoys the game on the pitch.

"Kouyate has got the modern-day midfield player written all over him. He's high-energy, two-footed, great box to box, competes in the air and tackles.

“It's also great to see a player who comes in with a big smile on his face every day. He's living his dream by coming to play in the Premier League.”

The former Blackburn boss feels that his new acquisition Zarate has made some huge improvements in the last few seasons and believes that he has added a lot to the West Ham attack this season.

He further added that he expects the Argentine striker to keep improving in the future.

"I think Mauro has grown up and matured. I remember him from his spell at Birmingham, but he's been to Italy since then and back to Argentina and scored some goals.

“He looks a mature player with a lot of qualities in the final third, something different to what we had. He's taken his opportunity brilliantly. Hopefully he can continue to grow and improve.”

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