West Ham's Gokhan Tore blames team-mate for injury woes that derailed Hammers hopes

James Benge
Tore has struggled to establish himself at West Ham: West Ham United via Getty Images

West Ham's Gokhan Tore has blamed one of his team-mates for his injury-plagues season in the Premier League.

Tore, a season-long loanee from Besiktas, has been one of several of West Ham’s summer arrivals to fail to make the grade, offering little in eight appearances to suggest that he could play a role for Slaven Bilic, who had managed him in Turkey.

The 25-year-old is currently in Turkey as he recovers from a knee injury that has sidelined him since October. Whilst he professes himself eager to play again Standard Sport understands that even if he were to return to fitness it is highly unlikely he would be considered for the West Ham first-team.

“Slaven Bilic was always like my brother, a teacher I love so much, I also like working with him,” Tore told reporters in Turkey.

“I was transferred to England at the beginning of the season. I picked up a knee injury in the pre-season camp in the summer which put me back three-four weeks from match form.

“After that I made a great effort to return to the first team. I went on to play six matches but there was another problem. During the preparations for the Crystal Palace match I was injured three minutes before the end of my workout.

“My team mate entered a tackle hard and I felt something in my knees. The doctors looked and decided to carry out surgery.”

West Ham paid £2.5million to bring Tore to the London Stadium on a season-long loan, part of over £50m in expenditure during the summer that did little to improve Bilic’s squad.

Three loan signings – Tore, Juventus striker Simone Zaza (now at Valencia) and Deportivo Maldonado forward Jonathan Calleri – have made a combined31 appearances, contributing one goal and one assist.

Tore continues to recover from surgery in Istanbul.

He added: “The treatment and recovery program is very busy for me. I go home afterwards when special physical treatment continues. Then I go to the movies and read books. Besiktas supporters make feel you are a very special player. I hope to return stronger for them.

“I am in my own country, I speak Turkish. To speak English in the UK I needed an interpreter. I feel more comfortable here. I cannot wait to return (to Besiktas) I believe everything will be beautiful after the recovery of my heath first."