West Ham striker fast-tracked into squad as Bilic gives verdict on emerging star
By Joe Nelson
Slaven Bilic is hoping that new West Ham man Jonathan Calleri can hit the ground running, as the forward was named in the squad for The Hammers’ Europa League play-off tie on Thursday.
The Hammers confirmed on Tuesday that the 22-year-old Argentine signed on a loan deal and is in the squad for their crucial play-off tie against Romanian champions Astra Giurgiu.
Calleri has come straight from Olympic duty with Argentina and Bilic is hoping that he can make an instant impact at his new team.
“He has been with Argentina at the Olympics and we were very happy when he decided to come with us,” Bilic told the Daily Star.
“He’s a really good striker and we need that kind of a player. He came and trained on Tuesday in the morning, but the other players weren’t out on the pitch. He trained with the guys this evening and he might be out there [on Thursday].”
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Calleri, who is yet to make any senior appearances for Argentina, has attracted Premier League interest since scoring 21 goals in 53 matches for former club Boca Juniors.
He has since been loaned to Sao Paulo for six months via Uruguayan club Deportivo Maldonado and scored an impressive eight goals in 10 matches for the Brazilian side in 2016.
“He is in form, played in three games in the Olympics and scored so he is definitely in good shape and doesn’t need pre-season,” Bilic added.
In more West Ham team news, Hammers fans have taken to Twitter to urge the club to sign this Premier League keeper.