JUNIOR Stanislas is enjoying life as a country gent after leaving the Old Smoke.
The Clarets wideman returns to West Ham tomorrow for the first time since his August move, and after spending his life in the capital, he feels the more laid back nature in the north suits him perfectly.
Stanislas, 22 last Saturday, admits there is much more to come from him, as he settles into a new club and new way of life, but the more football he gets under his belt, the better he feels he will become.
He has a string of assists to his name so far - having a hand in two goals in the 4-0 win against Ipswich on Tuesday night - in a display boss Eddie Howe felt was his best for Burnley to date - while he was also involved in four of the five against Nottingham Forest in September.
The former England Under 21 international believed Burnley fans haven’t seen anything like what he’s capable of yet though: “Obviously it’s a lot different up here. It’s not as hectic as London – it’s nice and quiet so you can concentrate a bit better.
“You don’t see buses and trains flying around all the time.
“Up until coming here I’d always been in the city.
“It’s more relaxed up here. It’s more my style.
“To be honest it’s taken me a little while to settle in and get used to things, but hopefully from now on you’ll see more improvement.
“I think there’s a lot more I can do.
“I was pleased with the game the other night. We’ve had some good results after losing four on the bounce.
“Up until then I don’t think I’ve played anywhere near the level I’m capable of.
“Maybe that’s due to match fitness and sharpness. But hopefully now I can push on.
“Getting a run is the most important thing.”
Sam Allardyce is wary of his threat, as well as Zavon Hines, who made the same move in the summer, and Stanislas would love to come back to haunt the Hammers: “I was there for many years and grew up at the club.
“I suppose I’ll want to try to prove a point, but their manager’s got a job to do.
“He has to try to get them promoted and if I’m not going to be part of that then I wanted to be somewhere I could play week in, week out. As long as I’m playing I’m happy.
“Sam said I was in his plans but the season started and a few games went by and I wasn’t really featuring.
“I played in the Carling Cup and made one other appearance but it wasn’t enough for me.
“He’s a straightforward guy and a nice guy, but from my point of view I had to move on.
“It was very difficult to leave because I’d been there for so long. It just got to a point where I wanted to play more frequently – week in, week out.
“I wasn’t getting that there and the gaffer here wanted me so that was it.”
Stanislas, who has one goal to his name so far this season - for the Hammers - would love to open his Burnley account against his old club: “I’m trying to build a relationship with Trippier down the right. He’s obviously a good young player as well.
“But I want goals.
“I’ll do my job with the assists, but I used to score a lot.
“I’d rather get the goals than set them up.
“If I can go there and score that would be great, but the result is the most important thing, and if we get that it will be a good day.”