Three reasons Slaven Bilic is getting it so wrong by ignoring Toni Martinez
According to the reliable @ExWHUemployee on Episode 61 of the West Ham Way radio show, West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic isn’t picking in-form starlet Toni Martinez for the first team as he doesn’t believe he is good enough yet.
Toni Martinez is not being picked for the first team because Slaven Bilic does not believe he is good enough yet.
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) November 1, 2017
The Irons’ 2-2 draw against bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday increased the pressure once again on Bilic after a brilliant Carabao Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley days earlier, with his team surrendering a two-goal lead and giving away a 96th minute equaliser against the Eagles.
Despite his fine form for the U21 and U23 sides this term Martinez hasn’t been involved with the first team at all, even when both Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll were absent for the 3-0 home defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion.
His exclusion has been particularly confusing and frustrating for the London Stadium faithful, and Bilic is missing a trick by not letting him feature in his match day squads.
Here are three reasons Bilic is getting it so wrong by ignoring Martinez…