The Romania captain is yet to taste Premier League action.
"Perhaps my debut will take place after my return from international duty," the left-back told former club Shakhtar Donetsk's website. "I am ready to take the field in matchday four, the away game against Southampton. At least I hope so.
"Recently, the Irishman Joey O'Brien played in my position. Generally, he is a right-back, but due to the fact that last season, the main left-back [George McCartney] had his cruciate ligaments damaged, O'Brien was moved to the opposite flank. In principle, West Ham finished the last season well and the manager decided to leave Joey on the left flank in the opening rounds of this league edition.
"Even before the start of the season, Sam Allardyce told me that in the opening rounds he will not field me in the starting lineup. This is normal. He wanted me to feel the atmosphere of the English Premier League. Still, it's a new league for me and a totally different level. The coach explained to me that I should first get a feel for the English Premier League, and then he will field me."
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