Football Season Review

№16: West Ham United

A late revival proved enough for West Ham to survive, but this was another disappointing season from the underperforming Hammers. It was only thanks to their form in July (W4 D3 L1) that enough points were generated, with poor displays before that under both Pellegrini and Moyes. A poor start to the season saw Pellegrini sacked on New Year’s Eve and former manager David Moyes was put in charge for the rest of the season. Going forward they were decent late in the season, with Rice and Noble at the heart of their midfield being solid as rocks all campaign. Defensively West Ham were very poor though and the fitness of the squad was questionable. All campaign players were plagued by injuries suggesting that the training process was substandard. Antonio’s 8 goals in the last 7 rounds proved crucial for their survival, while Rice was the most solid player in the team throughout the entire season. In terms of underperformers, there were many, none more than winger Anderson and record summer signing Haller. The outlook for next season is not that great, especially considering that Moyes has failed to impress in his last 3 jobs and has already made some puzzling transfers in January that made no sense. If he stays in charge West Ham can’t really hope for much more than mid-table existence, especially if Rice and several other players move on as expected.

Player of the Season: Declan Rice