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Gabbidon: Bilic must improve two areas of West Ham, summer investment needed

By Will Butcher

Daniel Gabbidon believes West Ham must be bold in the summer transfer window after a disappointing 2016-17 campaign.

The Hammers are currently in 11th place in the Premier League table, with last season’s seventh-placed finish a distant memory – and 14 points away – for the east London side’s fans.

Replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, former Hammers defender Gabbidon believes Slaven Bilic must enter the summer transfer window in an attempt to boost his side.

Former Wales international Gabbidon believes Croatian manager Bilic has “got a job on”, as the side have gone backwards in both tactics and quality of players.

Losing just eight of their 38 Premier League matches during the 2015-16 season, Bilic has watched from the dugout as his side have already lost 13 times in just 28 league outings.

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Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Bournemouth added insult to injury, summing up the Hammers’ season so far after taking the lead and then equalising during the second half.

The loss of Dimitri Payet has seen the Hammers lose a big chunk of their creativity in the final third, with replacement Robert Snodgrass yet to prove his worth in claret and blue.

A change in stadiums could also be contributing to the Hammers’ failure to replicate last season’s success, with their home form taking a hit following the move to the London Stadium.

The Hammers next face Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday, with the chance to move back up to ninth in the league if Southampton and Stoke City lose.

In other West Ham news, Bilic has reportedly made a move to sign this unsettled Premier League striker ahead of the summer window.

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