LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Diafra Sakho (C) of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates Cheikhou Kouyate (L) and Reece Oxford (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on August 29, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

West Ham 2015 Review: Best Of

​2015 was a rollercoaster year for West Ham, picking up just 15 points from January to May, before an excellent summer and a strong start to the 2015/16 season.


Here are the best transfers, goals, players and more.

5. Best Goal: Andy Carroll vs Swansea

Andy Carroll has had a rather mixed 2015, with most of the year spent on the sidelines injured, before returning to fire home the winner against Chelsea.


In the 2014/15 season however, he scored the best goal of his career and a narrow winner for Hammers' goal of the year.


He chested the ball down wonderfully, moving away from goal, before turning on the edge of the area, fooling the defenders with a step over (yep, still talking about Carroll), before looping the ball into the far top corner.


Carroll scores most of his goals with his head, which made this one even more special, but regardless of who it was, it was one of the goals of the season.​

4. Best Surprise Package: Manuel Lanzini

Manuel Lanzini was brought in on loan and nothing much was thought about his arrival, except that 'apparently he was alright.'


As the year has ended however, he has proven to be a key man under Slaven Bilic, and will almost certainly sign on a permanent basis.


The wide man has complemented Dimitri Payet superbly, and has contributed goals and assists, settling into English football immediately.


Nicknamed 'The Jewel', Lanzini's significance was clear when he picked up an injury against Liverpool, sending Twitter into a frenzy of panic, despite the Hammers beating the Reds.


Lanzini was never expected to be the star he has turned out to be, and now it's hard to not see him as a key player in years to come.​

3. Best Result: 2-1 at Manchester City

​Choosing a best result is tough, but is clearly going to come from the second half of 2015.


The opening day win at Arsenal was an excellent day and performance, as was the victory against reigning champions Chelsea, although that has since become a standard result.


The 3-0 win at Anfield is also a contender, as is the return fixture last weekend, but the three points taken from the Etihad have to be the most satisfying.


On paper, City are the best side in the Premier League, and to go to their ground and comfortably win was incredible.


Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho's goals sent West Ham up to second in the table.

2. Best Signing: Dimitri Payet

​Dimitri Payet hasn't just been the best signing for West Ham, but probably the best signing any side made in 2015.


Sam Allardyce brought in some excellent players during his spell at the club, well, the West Ham chairmen did, in Cheikhou Kouyate, Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell, but Payet's arrival puts Bilic ahead of the former manager.


Payet arrived from Marseille for a teeny tiny fee of around £11 million, and has since gone on to prove his world class status.


He may be in his late 20's, but the French magician still has a few years of trickery and humiliation left in him.

1. Best Player: Cheikhou Kouyate

​There have been some real stars for West Ham in 2015, with Aaron Cresswell winning the Hammer of the Year award, Adrian being consistently excellent and Dimitri Payet coming in and wowing the whole league.


However, Cheikhou Kouyate has been at his best from the 1st January to 31st December, and is a perfect example of how to be a powerhouse midfielder.


It's almost as if the term box-to-box was invented for this man, as he drives his whole side forward and even has an eye for goal.


There are better players in the Hammers' squad, but if you look at 2015 as a whole, Kouyate has been West Ham's stand out performer.