Balbuena: We’ll be dan­ger­ous if we keep ball bet­ter

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Jon West

Fabian Balbuena, one of nine sum­mer re­cruits at a to­tal cost of £100mil­lion, says West Ham must stop squan­der­ing pos­ses­sion if they are to rise from the bot­tom of the Premier League ta­ble.

Manuel Pel­le­grini takes his side to Ever­ton to­day on the back of four straight league de­feats, a hu­mil­i­at­ing re­turn to English foot­ball for a ti­tle win­ner in 2014 with Manch­ester City.

De­feats at Liver­pool and Arse­nal have hap­pened to many a West Ham man­ager, but home re­verses at the hands of Bournemouth and Wolves are not so eas­ily ex­cused by sup­port­ers who re­main less than en­am­oured with both the club’s own­ers and rented sta­play dium. Paraguay cen­tre-back Balbuena has fea­tured in all four Premier League games so far, in which 10 goals have been con­ceded. The 27-year-old, a £3.5 mil­lion sign­ing from Brazil­ian club Corinthi­ans, urged his team­mates to solve the prob­lem by keep­ing hold of the ball. “We haven’t been able to have the pos­ses­sion we would want to,” he said. “If we do, we’ll have more chances to man­age the flow of the game and be more dan­ger­ous.”

Pel­le­grini agreed. “Of course, we are los­ing too many balls dur­ing the games – hav­ing good pos­ses­sion al­lows you to rest and cre­ate space a lit­tle bit more.”

Pel­le­grini will be with­out for­ward Javier Her­nan­dez and mid­fielder Jack Wil­shere at Good­i­son Park, where West Ham have won just once, in March 2016, over the past 13 years. Her­nan­dez is ill while Wil­shere has an an­kle in­jury.

“Th­ese first few months work­ing with Manuel Pel­le­grini have been very good,” added Balbuena. “We are still learn­ing from his ex­pe­ri­ence and we hope that the work we did through­out the pre-season and what we do now can give us re­sults.”

Frus­trated: Fabian Balbuena wants West Ham to have more pos­ses­sion to im­prove re­sults

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