Ilan - I will adapt
West Ham striker Ilan is confident he can win over his new fans after signing from St Etienne.
Last Updated: 16/02/10 8:36pm
West Ham striker Ilan is confident he can win over his new fans by firing the Hammers to Premier League safety this season.
The 29-year-old has already made an immediate impact at his new club after scoring on his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Burnley on 6th February.
Despite that goal Ilan, who joined West Ham from French side St Etienne in January, had to settle for a substitute appearance in the following 2-0 victory over Birmingham.
With competition for places at Upton Park fierce, the Brazilian frontman believes his experience across the Channel will stand him in good stead in his new surroundings.
"It's easier for me to adapt to English football because I have already for five years in France," said Ilan. "The football is more similar to the English game than many of the other European leagues.
"I have been in France a long time and this will give me an advantage. Normally when players come to England from the French league they do quite well. And I am confident I can do well too."
Ilan also heaped praise on new boss Gianfranco Zola, a manager he described as "perfect".
"I am very happy to be working under a manager like Gianfranco Zola," he added.
"He has played at the highest level and can understand players more easily than coaches who have not played at the highest level themselves. From this point of view, Zola is the perfect manager."