The 32 year old joined the Hammers on a free transfer at the start of the summer and may have expected to walk straight into the side which finished in the top half of the Premier League last season.
However Sam Allardyce has formed a formidable defence at Upton Park and Ireland international Joey O’Brien has deservingly kept his place in the Hammers starting XI.
Rat is not worried about his lack of game time so far as he was told it would be a while before he was a regular starter in East London but the Romanian international wants to get on the pitch as often and as soon as possible.
“In principle, West Ham finished the last season well,” Rat told shakhtar.com
“The manager decided to leave Joey [O’Brien] on the left flank in the opening rounds of this league season. Even before the start of the season Sam Allardyce told me that in the opening rounds he would not field me in the starting line-up.
“This is normal. He wanted me to feel the atmosphere of the English Premier League – it’s a new league for me and a totally different level. The coach explained to me that I should first get a feel for the English Premier League, and then he will play me.”
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