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2020/2021

West Ham United

In


Tomas Soucek (mid) Slavia Prague – loan made permanent; Josh Cullen (mid) Charlton – end of loan;

Out


Pablo Zabaleta (sp) (def) released; Carlos Sanchez (sp) (mid) released; Albian Ajeti (sp) (att) Celtic; Jordan Hugill (att) Norwich; Roberto (gk) Rayo Vallecano; Grady Diangana (mid) WBA – loan made permanent;

West Ham flirted with danger all of last season and only thanks to a series of 3 decent games in a row after the long COVID-break the Hammers survived. It won’t be true to say that after his appointment in December coach Moyes improved the displays and after so many failures as head coach for him in recent years the jury is still out on him. West Ham are yet to spend money on new players this off season, although they made Soucek’s stay permanent. There are no important departures as of yet too, so right now the group of players is pretty much the same. With that in mind 4-3-3 formation with fluid front line (Antonio playing as false nine), or 4-2-3-1 shape with typical target-man (Haller) will be the 2 most used tactical approaches. West Ham spent big 3 summers in a row without achieving any results, but what this means is that despite the lack of transfer activity this off-season the team is actually full of talented individuals that just need to be turned into a solid group as a team. Hammers also have very good depth, which, in the coming hectic season that is already shortened by at least 5 weeks, will be important. West Ham’s front line is their main strength and especially down the 2 flanks they should be able to cause lots of problems no matter who plays. Bowen was solid after signing in the winter and individually he will be one to watch as he’s perfectly capable of having 10+ goals and 15+ assists campaign. Yet to address their poor defence with new signings and hard to see how the back line will be improved if the personnel available remains the same. The other major weakness is coach Moyes as he failed in his last 3 jobs for a reason. His old-fashioned tactics and somewhat strange transfer targets hasn’t been working for many years now and he has lots to prove if he’s to keep his job for a full season.

Target


After consecutive seasons of struggle the task now is to stay away from danger zone and possibly secure top 10 finish. To achieve top half finish Moyes and his players will need to be at their best.

Season Review
2019/2020

№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

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