League Performance

It is hard to find fault in what has been an extremely impressive Premier League season for West Ham as they say goodbye to the Boleyn Ground and hello to their new home, the Olympic Stadium.


Slaven Bilic arrived in the summer and the aim for the season was not abundantly clear but we soon realised that this West Ham team were serious contenders for the European places and for possibly a top four spot.


Having finished 12th last year, a 7th placed finish this time around marks a massive improvement and it could well have been better were it not for two losses in their final three games.


A loss to Stoke City on the final day cost them guaranteed Europa League football, although that could well still come depending on the FA Cup result, while the shock 4-1 loss to Swansea the week before cost the Hammers a shot at the top four.


Nonetheless it has been a very good season for West Ham​, the 3-2 victory over Manchester United summing up the campaign, with the fans treated to an absolute classic.




Cup Performance

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​Slaven Bilic's men went on a decent journey in the FA Cup making it to the quarter-final, while the Capital One Cup ended in the third round.


The FA Cup would have been seen as the perfect opportunity to get their hands on some silverware this season and that's how West Ham treated it. An extra-time win over Liverpool set up a quarter-final tie with Manchester United.


A draw first time around brought it to a replay where they fell to a 2-1 defeat. It was not what they would have wanted but it was an admirable effort from the men in claret and blue.


The League Cup ended early with a defeat away at Leicester City, which given their season isn't the most disappointing defeat. 


Indeed, West Ham did make it into the early qualifying rounds of the Europa League only to be dumped out by Astras Giurgiu from Romania. Something they received a lot of stick for.


No doubt the West Ham faithful would have liked a trophy at the end of the season but their charges made a valiant effort, at least in the FA Cup.




Best Player


No prizes for guessing who comes in under this heading. There were plenty of good performers throughout the season but none quite as impressive as Frenchman Dimitri Payet.


The 29-year-old was simply sensational this season hence his nomination for PFA player of the year and was one of the most exciting players to watch in recent Premier League history.​


His free-kicks were just incredible and his skills and general attacking play were a joy to behold. Despite an injury mid-season he managed 9 goals and 12 assists in 30 games, not bad for his first season in England.




Worst Player

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When it comes to a team that has performed so well over the course of a season it can be hard to pick someone who stood out for being poor.


Most West Ham players if not all played their part in a great season but one man who disappointed is Diafra Sakho.


He managed five league goals all season when he was expected to push on from scoring 10 last season which was a big disappointment.


With Carroll's absence for large parts of the season through injury, West Ham needed a striker to step up but unfortunately he didn't.




The Manager

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Slaven Bilic was outstanding this season, especially given this was his first role in English football. 


The Croatian who was long tipped to come to England finally did last summer and he didn't disappoint since taking up the role. He has the Irons playing an attractive brand of football and more importantly a winning brand.


A top-four challenge was beyond expectations at the start of the campaign and the only fault one could have of the West Ham boss was his failure to ​qualify for the Europa League which is very much forgiven. 


Fortunately, it could still very much occur, nonetheless. 




Overall Grade

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8/10


All in all it has been a great season and a fitting way to say goodbye to the Boleyn Ground for West Ham. Challenging for the top four was a superb achievement and was it not for a few blips they could have done it.


With a new stadium and more than likely European football on the horizon, things are looking bright for West Ham and this is a season that will be looked back on fondly.​