Alan Pardew has cautioned West Ham fans not to expect Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to produce miracles the moment they step out at Upton Park.
West Ham's new arrivals may make their debuts against Aston Villa tomorrow and both can expect a rapturous welcome from the Upton Park crowd. Pardew has huge expectations for the pair - but he said they need time to adapt.
"A point that's been missed is that this isn't Ruud Van Nistelrooy or Claude Makelele who's come over, these are two 22-year-olds," he said. "They've had success at international level, but limited success I would say. They are not honed international players, these are young players.
"One of the reasons that perhaps Carlos and Javier have selected us is for our record with young players and, in particular, my own record. I'm hoping that is taken on board in terms of what they will achieve here.
"Don't think they will be the finished article and change this team around completely. We won't know until they step out in the Premier League hurly burly and see how they will adapt."Reuse content