Allardyce: Jarvis needs time

  • Last Updated: August 26 2012, 14:36 BST

Manager Sam Allardyce believes new signing Matt Jarvis needs to be given time to settle in before producing his best form for West Ham.

Matt Jarvis in action during his West Ham debut.

The England winger completed his big-money move from Wolves on Friday and was thrown straight into the side for the 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Swansea.

There were some bright moments from the 26-year-old and he was only denied a debut goal by a superb reflex save from Michel Vorm from his close-range volley.

But there were also moments of frustration as he attempted to fit into a West Ham game-plan that was ripped to shreds by a combination of defensive lapses and Swansea's offensive prowess.

There is pressure on Jarvis to deliver given the £10.75million fee paid for him, but Allardyce has little doubt that, given time, he will thrill the club's fans.

"It's about us continuing to supply him with the service he likes," Allardyce said.

"When you give him that service he is exceptionally talented in the final third.

"I think their full-backs just couldn't stop him crossing the ball when he did that little trick where he drops the shoulder, because he is so good with both feet.

"It's about us giving him the service to show that ability. Unfortunately he faded a bit in the second half but he was very good in the first.

"He tired a bit but he has had such a big week and he will get better and better as he settles in with the players; as he learns to understand them and they learn to understand him."

If it was not the debut Jarvis had wanted, it was truly a day to forget for James Collins.

The Wales defender had a torrid time at the heart of the Hammers' defence, and gifted Swansea's second goal to Michu with a sloppy back-pass.

Wales boss Chris Coleman recently said the 28-year-old's withdrawal from his squad to face Bosnia-Herzegovina was down to a hernia problem.

But Collins has since played in West Ham's opening games of the season, and Allardyce dismissed suggestions he is carrying a problem that may need surgery.

He said: "He has not got a hernia. He has a slight groin problem, I think.

"There is no need for an operation. He just needs to do his rehab and prevention and he'll be okay.

"We'll probably look to give him a rest [in the Capital One Cup] against Crewe on Tuesday and then look to play him against Fulham. He's okay."

In addition to Michu, Angel Rangel and Danny Graham also found the net as Swansea and Michael Laudrup's dream start to the season continued.

The Welsh club appear set to lose Scott Sinclair before the end of the transfer window, but with Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer beginning the season in brilliant form it would appear the former Chelsea man may not be greatly missed.

Routledge was little more than a bit-part player under former manager Brendan Rodgers last term, but Laudrup believes the 27-year-old is thriving thanks to his greater involvement.

"Wayne has everything for this position. He has a good pass, he is quick, he has good vision, he turns fast with the ball," Laudrup said.

"In my way of seeing football, if the wide players remain wide they close down the full-backs. If they are there, there is no space for them, no room, and you also have fewer players in the centre of the pitch to move the ball around, so the wide players are very important for us."