Super-sub Arthur Masuaku has vowed to try to inspire the collective work rate to help West Ham zoom up the Premier League table — but first he has to be chosen to start by boss Slaven Bilic.
Masuaku, 23, has won over Irons fans thanks to recent dazzling displays from the bench, the latest of which saw him deliver a perfect assist to allow Diafra Sakho to score a last-gasp winner in the much-needed 1-0 victory over Swansea at the London Stadium.
Bilic’s men are next in top flight action at Burnley and they travel to Turf Moor in confident mood following their win over the Swans. Before that Masuaku hopes to get his first international cap representing DR Congo in Libya on Saturday.
Then it is back to West Ham, and the chance to impress Bilic once more in training and put in some hard graft with his team-mates in readiness for the clash with Sean Dyche’s troops.
The former Olympiacos ace said: “We have to be positive because I think we have a good team and a great squad, so let us keep working to get higher up the league.
“I feel good and, in my opinion, I just have to keep focused even when I am not playing and try to do my best for the team. That is working well for me at the moment.
“I am happy to keep working. In the game against Tottenham I crossed and Cheikhou scored and now I am even more happy because we won, as we didn’t manage that against Tottenham.
“It is not frustrating not to start. The coach makes the decisions and I have to give him a headache. I am still young.”
“It was good to win against Swansea. It was a very tough game against a good team, but we have the three points and this is the most important thing for us.
“It was difficult, as Swansea played very well, but I have to be honest, I don’t think we played well, in my opinion. We have to improve and work hard in training starting from next week.”
Masuaku, whose only previous Premier League start this campaign came in the defeat at Manchester United in the season’s curtain-raiser, wowed fans with a tremendous 25-yard goal against Bolton in the Carabao Cup third round encounter.
If selected, he will try to replicate his wonder goal against Burnley. Watch this space.