West Ham won their first league game at the Olympic stadium with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth thanks to an Antonio goal setup by Gokhan Tore.
Here are three things we learned following the 24-year-old’s display on Sunday.
The game looked headed for a draw with neither side able to provide that spark of brilliance required to break the deadlock until Gokhan Tore showcased just what he is capable of. The explosive winger skipped past his opposition defender to break into the Bournemouth penalty area before picking out Antonio with an exquisite cross which was headed into the back of the net. Tore has wonderful technical ability and is capable of pulling something special out of the hat in times of need as he proved on Sunday.
— talat ulutas (@talatulutas) August 21, 2016
Tore is not 100 percent match fit which is not surprising considering he only recently recovered from a knee injury and missed most of the pre-season. One of his strengths is his explosive acceleration and speed which have both been hampered by his lack of fitness.
Gokhan Tore with a great goal for Besiktas in the Europa League https://t.co/RkhZUBnuHg
— West Ham Stats (@WestHamStats) July 17, 2016
The Turkish international looked a little nervy in his first appearance against Chelsea and the Europa League clash against Astra but looked far more confident at home against Bournemouth. Tore is the type of player to thrive when the fans are behind him and he looked more comfortable in his last game. The Turkish international winger made more key passes than any other player over the 90 minutes (4), made three successful dribbles and pulled off seven crosses including the one that resulted in the goal.