2016/17 Season Preview: West Ham United

West_Ham_United_FC_logo.svgWest Ham enjoyed a strong season in their first season under Slaven Bilic and as the Hammers move into their new home in the Olympic Stadium, they will be aiming for another strong season.

Manager: Slaven Bilic
Home ground: Olympic Stadium
Last season: 7th
Best EPL Finish: 5th (1999)

 

Star Player

Dimitri Payet scored nine league goals for West Ham last season image: westham.cz

Dimitri Payet scored nine league goals for West Ham last season
image: westham.cz

Dimitri Payet proved to be one of the signings of the season as the Frenchman inspired West Ham to a brilliant final season at Upton Park and the Frenchman looks to build on a successful debut season in the Premier League.

Payet arrived from Marseille for £10m last summer and it proved to be a bargain for Slaven Bilic, as the 29-year-old put in consistently impressive displays with awesome tekkers down the left or right-wing, a great eye for goal with nine league goals last season and is also strong set-pieces.

After a successful season for the Hammers, he continued his fine form for France at Euro 2016 and he proved to be one of their star players as the hosts reached the final. There is no signs that he will be leaving the Olympic Stadium and fans hope for more of the same from Payet.

Key Transfers

IN

Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira – £9.4m), Havard Nordtveit (Borussia Monchengladbach – Free), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia – Undisclosed), Gokhan Tore (Besiktas – Season loan), Ashley Fletcher (Man United – Free), Arthur Masuaku (Olympiakos – £6m), Andre Ayew (Swansea- £20.5m), Jonathan Calleri (Deportivo Maldonado – Season loan)

OUT

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace – £10m), Stephen Hendrie (Blackburn – Season loan)

One to Watch

He made have only made seven appearances in the first team last season but we did see enough of midfielder Reece Oxford that he has what it takes to play with the best of the best and he will hope to hold down a place in the starting XI this season.

Reece Oxford is West Ham's youngster ever palyer to featire in the first team image: telegraph.co.uk

Reece Oxford is West Ham’s youngest ever player to feature in the first team
image: telegraph.co.uk

The 17-year-old bossed the midfield on his debut in a 2-0 win at Arsenal on the opening day of last season, as he put himself on notice as one of England’s brightest youth prospects with his brilliant composure and ability to dictate the play in a deep central midfield role.

At just 17, there is still plenty more Oxford can add to his game but the big stage does not seem to daunt the teenager. He is s ready to make an impression in the first-team and could become one of the breakout stars of the new season.

Best XI

Adrian

Byram   Reid   Ogbonna   Cresswell

Kouyate    Noble

Feghouli       Payet         Ayew

   Carroll

Prediction: 8th

West Ham will spend thier first season at the Olympic stadium image: bbc.com

West Ham will spend their first season at the Olympic stadium
image: bbc.com

I really like what West Ham did last season and under boss Slaven Bilic, I think it is only going to get better for the Hammers in years to come. However, it may be just too soon for the Hammers to break into the top six of English football.

The Croatian has some top quality players in the form of Payet, as well as new signings Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew in what looks like a pretty impressive attack but I am not sure Andy Carroll is a 20-goal striker to lead the Hammers up front.

They could also do with beefing up their options in defence and will also have to do without star defender Aaron Cresswell for the first couple of months of the new season. They could spring a surprise or two and while a top ten finish is a safe bet, top six might be a stretch too far.

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