Algeria's Feghouli comes to terms with England's 'direct' football

Reuters , Thursday 23 Mar 2017

Sofiane Feghouli
West Ham's Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli (Photo: Reuters)

West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli faced a "radical change" in football style when he moved from Valencia at the start of the season but is settling well after an initial injury setback, the midfielder has said.

The Algerian international, who spent six seasons in the Spanish La Liga, suffered a hamstring injury in August that sidelined him for six weeks and on his return to full fitness found it difficult to break into Slaven Bilic's side.

He struggled to adapt to a more direct style of play in the Premier League.

"It's been a radical change in footballing terms," Feghouli told the club website.

"In Spain, the game is more about possession, technique and strategy, whereas football here is more direct.

Following a couple of appearances as a substitute, Feghouli started eight league games in a row between January and March, scoring against West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

"It's a big change, but as I said, I'm happy with my statistics so far – two goals and three assists in not many games. I'm gradually settling in," he added.

West Ham, who are currently 12th in the league, visit 18th-placed Hull City on April 1 and sixth-placed Arsenal four days later.

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