COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Gokhan Tore will have to improve drastically on his first few performances in a West Ham shirt.
Tore, 24, joined West Ham on a season-long loan this summer from Besiktas, with the option of a permanent transfer, but the midfielder has struggled to adjust since his move.
A spate of injuries to the Hammers midfield has given the Turkish international the perfect opportunity to stake a place in the first-team. However, some underwhelming performances have left fans questioning his role at the club.
West Ham supporters targeted Tore on Twitter following his display against Manchester City, which saw him substituted at half-time by Slaven Bilic.
The midfielder has struggled to match the pace of West Ham’s play and has been a passenger for the majority of his time on the pitch.
His best moment came in the 1-0 win against Bournemouth, where he provided the cross for the in-form Michail Anontio to score the late winner, but his place will certainly be under threat in the next few weeks.
The Hammers are blessed with several talented attackers and Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini are set to be restored to the starting XI once they have regained full match fitness.
Summer recruits Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew both picked up injury blows at the start of the season, with the latter suffering a long-term knock after completing a club-record deal from Swansea for £20.5million.
Tore is in contention to be one of the three attackers behind the striker and will hope to start the next league match against Watford in the Premier League. If he does make the team he’ll need to prove he’s got what it takes to keep his first-team place.
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