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Soccer: West Ham boss Bilic demands more from Arnautovic
September 20, 2017 / 7:33 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: West Ham boss Bilic demands more from Arnautovic

REUTERS - West Ham United’s record signing Marko Arnautovic has plenty of ability but needs to venture outside of his comfort zone more often, manager Slaven Bilic has said.

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Third Round - West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers - London Stadium, London, Britain - September 19, 2017 West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien/Files

The Austrian playmaker set up goals for Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho before Arthur Masuaku sealed West Ham’s 3-0 League Cup win over Bolton Wanderers at the London Stadium on Tuesday.

Despite his contribution, Bilic demanded more from Arnautovic, who West Ham prised from Stoke City for a reported fee of 25 million pounds ($33.80 million) in the off season.

“I could have asked for more. I want him to do more. He’s got that quality and that something extra,” Bilic told British media after the game.

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Third Round - West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers - London Stadium, London, Britain - September 19, 2017 West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien/Files

“I like him as a player but sometimes he gets happy with the few things that he does when I want him to push the borders,” the manager added.

Arnautovic was sent off in the 3-2 Premier League defeat to Southampton last month and Bilic said Tuesday’s display marked the beginning of a comeback for the Austrian international.

“I know what he’s capable of and I want him to keep molesting the opposition and never be happy in a positive way. But of course he did the job here,” Bilic said.

West Ham, who drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion last week after posting their first Premier League win of the season against Huddersfield, host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

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Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien

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