Major boost: Bilic confirms West Ham 28-year-old will return v West Brom
By Derek Smithson
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has given the boost that Marko Arnautovic will return to the squad against West Brom.
The 28-year-old has served a three-game suspension for his red card against Southampton and is now available again.
He has made just two appearances since his summer arrival for Stoke and will be desperate to get back into the side.
The Hammers travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday for a Premier League clash and will be confident after picking up their first win over the season against Newcastle on Monday.
Bilic has confirmed that Arnautovic will make an immediate return to the squad against West Brom, as cited by the club’s official Twitter account.
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SB: "Marko Arnautovic is back. It is good for us and he will be in the squad on Saturday." ???? pic.twitter.com/GOx1q34Do4
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 14, 2017
Arnautovic made the big-money move to the London Stadium in the summer for £25million and has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to succeed.
The Austria international has already shown the rash side of his game as he was sent off against Southampton for a needless elbow on Jack Stephens’ neck.
He will now be keen to show fans the other side of his game and that he can make a positive impact.
Arnautovic managed seven goals and six asists last season for Stoke, but that doesn’t mean he will guarantee a spot in the West Ham XI.
The left winger faces serious competition in the Hammers squad and will need to reignite his best form in front of goal.
In other West Ham team news, the club are preparing a new contract offer to their star man.