Matt Taylor says West Ham United will play an attacking game

West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor says the side aim to adopt an attacking style of play in the Premier League.

The Irons are back in the top flight after winning the Championship play-off final last season.

He told BBC London: "I think we are going to see a team that goes all-out to win football matches.

"It's not going to be beautiful Barcelona football all the time but I think you'll see us playing football as we've definitely got the players."

Hammers fans voiced their displeasure at what they saw as direct tactics used by manager Sam Allardyce last season.

Despite the desire for a passing style, Taylor believes the Upton Park outfit will have to be pragmatic about their chances in the Premier League.

"The stadium will be near enough full every week and people will want to see attractive football but first and foremost, we need to win football matches," the 30-year-old continued.

"How we do that doesn't really worry me.

"You want to pass and play attractive football but at the same time you want to play football that's effective so we're going to have to mix it and match it.

"We're going to need to keep the ball in spells.

"There's going to be times when we'll need to pass it but when we play the bigger teams we won't have as much possession.

"There are not any easy games. For the start of the season, it's all about making sure we give a good account of ourselves in every game we play."

West Ham begin their campaign at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

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