West Ham's turbulent season has reached the halfway stage. The Hammers have started 2018 in the relegation zone, and latest manager David Moyes may look to the January window to recruit some new players.
West Ham have already done their fair share of transfer spending this season under former boss Slaven Bilic. They brought in four new players during the summer transfer window, which were supposed to help the Hammers forward in their ambition to be a big Premier League club.
It has not gone exactly as planned for West Ham so far. Here's how the new Hammers have fared this season:
4. Joe Hart
Poor Joe Hart. It really has not worked out for the England shot-stopper ever since his exile from Manchester City.
Hart returned to the Premier League after a disastrous season at Torino, with a loan move to the Hammers. Many thought Hart was hard done by at Man City and as England's number one and a proven Premier League winner, the 30-year-old looked a reliable addition to West Ham's squad.
It has not gone as planned however. Hart conceded ten goals in his first three West Ham appearances. The Englishman has repeatedly been criticised for poor performances this season, along with calls for him to be dropped as England's number one goalkeeper. Under David Moyes, Hart has been dropped from the first team and replaced by Adrian.
3. Pablo Zabaleta
Along with Joe Hart, West Ham opted to sign some more players with experience at the top-level of the Premier League. While he is now 32, Pablo Zabaleta had been an ever-reliable defender for Manchester City during the club's rise to the top.
West Ham signed Zabaleta for free after his contract expired at City. While it can be seen that he is passed his best, the Argentine has cemented himself in West Ham's first team. Zabaleta is proving to be experienced and useful player both on the pitch and on the training ground as a role-model for younger players.
2. Marko Arnautovic
Earlier in the campaign, Marko Arnautovic could have been a contender for worst signing of the season. The Austrian was signed from Stoke City for a club record fee of £24m, but the midfielder failed to make an immediate impact at his new club.
A red card in his second game and lacklustre performances meant that Arnautovic struggled to hold a place in the starting lineup. Some rumours even circulated that he could have been sold in the next transfer window.
However under David Moyes, Arnautovic has flourished and has easily been West Ham's best player over the last couple of months. He now has five league goals for the season, and is the club's top scorer.
1. Javier Hernandez
Chicharito had made over 100 Premier League appearances for Manchester United. The Mexican had also rejuvenated his career in recent seasons in Germany for Bayer Leverkusen. Hernandez therefore seemed the player that West Ham desperately needed: a proven goalscorer.
But since his reported £16m move to East London, Hernandez has not really set the league on fire upon his return to England. 4 league goals is a modest return for the striker, hampered by a month-long injury layoff earlier in the season. But West Ham surely will expect more from him in the second half of the campaign as the club continues to fight for survival.