West Ham United are dealing with their own problems, they are sitting 15th in the Premier League table on just seven points from as many matches, but in the Press conference ahead of their visit to Burnley Slaven Bilic took the time to address a… broader issue that has to do with one of his players.
I think you don’t appreciate him. I watched the game against Slovenia. He was man of the match
the West Ham manager told reporters, referring to Joe Hart, the Hammers’ number 1.
But you didn’t have that feeling from the studio, from the commentator, saying it was a penalty [to Slovenia] – it wasn’t a penalty. If it was anyone else goalkeeping in that situation, nobody would say it was a penalty. I have that feeling at this moment
the Croatian said, sounding rather frustrated at the way Hart is treated by the media in England.
Has he become an easy target? Yes. The guy is brilliant. I’m not just talking about goalkeeping now. The guy never slaughters anyone in the job. He is taking the bullets, he is there every single time, whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham. He is a great professional and a top pro
Bilic also said, hoping that people in England will start appreciating Hart more.