Zavon Hines vows to fight for his West Ham starting spot

PUBLISHED: 18:23 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:53 05 October 2010

Zavon Hines is ready to fight for his first-team place at West Ham after making his first Premier League start for the Hammers

Zavon Hines is ready to fight for his first-team place at West Ham after making his first Premier League start for the Hammers.

Hines, 20, was handed his full debut for the club at Wigan on Saturday and emerged as one of the few bright spots as Gianfranco Zola's side went down 1-0 at the DW Stadium.

The striker has been in red-hot form this season, hitting a hat-trick for the Hammers reserves last week, and he was unlucky not to add to his tally against Wigan when he was brought down in the area by Maynor Figueroa and denied an apparent penalty.

Despite an impressive display, Hines knows his place is under threat, with £4m summer signing Alessandro Diamanti yet to start for the club and Mexico international Guillermo Franco set to bolster Zola's attacking options.

But Hines has warned the club's other forwards that he has no intention of giving up his place in the team after waiting patiently for his breakthrough.

"I've felt part of the first team squad since the start of the season, but now I've made my first start I'm really hoping to get more of them," Hines said.

"I want to stay in and around the team. I can't do anything about the players that the club has signed, I can only do what I can do on the pitch, so I just have to concentrate on myself.

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