How West Ham United fared last season
Last season was more of the same for West Ham and their more than disgruntled fans.
A terrible start saw them win only 2 of their first 15 games and Slaven Bilić was sacked after the 4-1 home loss to Liverpool.
They were in the bottom 3 when David Moyes took over and his appointment caused even more divisions amongst Hammers fans.
However, wins over Chelsea, West Brom, Stoke and Huddersfield in the space of 5 weeks took them on the brink of the top half.
West Ham’s season did peter out towards the end and their 13th place finish was their joint lowest since relegation in 2011.
Nevertheless, in the midst of riots and protests from fans, simply surviving was an achievement but they’ll hope to push on this season.
What’s changed at West Ham United this summer
Simply keeping West Ham in the Premier League wasn’t enough for David Moyes and his contract was not extended at the season’s end.
He was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, who became the first, and currently only, manager from outside of Europe to win the Premier League when he did so in 2014 with Manchester City.
The Chilean has been tasked with making West Ham a real force and he’s been hugely backed in the transfer market.
Seven new players have already arrived making The Hammers one of the league’s biggest spenders so far.
Last season they didn’t score enough goals and conceded far too many so have addressed that by strengthening all over the pitch.
With players like Arnautović and Hernández being joined by the likes of Anderson and Yarmolenko, West Ham should be very exciting to watch.
Will this team appease the fans who are still coming to terms with life at the universally hated London Stadium?
|Łukasz Fabiański.||Goalkeeper.||Swansea City.||£7 million.|
|Ryan Fredericks.||Right back.||Fulham.||Free.|
|Issa Diop.||Centre back.||Toulouse.||£22 million.|
|Fabián Balbuena.||Centre back.||Corinthians.||£4 million.|
|Jack Wilshere.||Central midfielder.||Arsenal.||Free.|
|Andriy Yarmolenko.||Right winger.||Borussia Dortmund.||£17.5 million.|
|Felipe Anderson.||Left winger.||Lazio.||£36 million.|
|James Collins.||Centre back.||Free agent.||Free.|
|Cheikhou Kouyate.||Centre midfielder.||Crystal Palace.||£10 million|
West Ham United predictions for 2018/2019
This new-look West Ham shouldn’t be worried about relegation and that’s reflected by the fact they are 9/1 to finish in the bottom 3.
They should be looking higher up and are 6/5 to finish in the top 10 and 10/1 to qualify for the Europa League.
Their last trophy was the FA Cup 38 years ago and they are 33/1 to win either the FA Cup or Carabao Cup this season.
West Ham United’s potential starting XI and squad depth
(Cheikhou Kouyate has left West Ham for Crystal Palace.)
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.