Since moving to the Olympic Stadium two years ago, West Ham have produced two fairly poor seasons that this summer, led to the club commencing a huge overhaul of the squad while also bringing in former Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini.
Over the last two seasons, the Hammers have been caught up in the group of clubs trying to break into the top ten. Last year, West Ham finished 13th in the league and were overtaken by the likes of Burnley, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. To try and remedy the club’s poor form, the owners tried to bring in quality through the transfer market but in recent years some of the players the club have purchased have been poor.
Once again, the club were active in the transfer market and it looks as though some of the signings may actually turn out to be a success. Moreover, they brought in Premier League winner, Manuel Pellegrini to lead the squad, after the terrible appointment of David Moyes.
Unfortunately for the West Ham faithful, they were handed a tough start to their Premier League season with games against Liverpool and Arsenal.
Following the international break, their run of games didn’t get any easier but against Everton, they finally registered their first win of the season as they beat the Toffees 3-1. Furthermore, in what looked like a very tough game, the Hammers held highflying Chelsea to a 0-0 draw and now go into this weekend’s game against Manchester United with a slight bit of form.
West Ham will have to face Tottenham and Leicester City in the next few weeks but after their abhorrent run of fixtures, the east-London club’s fixture begins to lighten up.
With so many new players joining the club, it was always going to take time for Manuel Pellegrini to not only decide his best team but also institute his new style of play. Looking at the last two games, it looks as though the Chilean has found his best team and over the next month or so we should start to see the team play at a much higher level.
Within the squad, Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson already look like a dangerous duo and a pair that could hurt most teams in the league. Arnautovic especially seems a player transformed since being used as a striker. At the back, they look to have potentially found a star in Issa Diop while academy graduate Declan Rice, looks as though he’s already a key player for Pellegrini in midfield.
It may take time but after a few poor seasons, West Ham might just have turned a corner this season. With the squad and manager they have, a top 10 finish should be a target for the Hammers and it’s not ludicrous to say that they could also win the EFL or FA Cup.
West Ham fans…what do you think?