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Is a top half finish realistic for West Ham this season

West Ham United have enjoyed a reasonable start to the season and currently sit fifth in the Premier League table after picking up nine points from their opening five matches. Prior to Monday night’s clash with Newcastle United, Slaven Bilic’s men had earned impressive away victories at Arsenal and Liverpool, but faltered in front of their own fans against Leicester City and Bournemouth. On Monday, the Hammers were rarely troubled as they earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Magpies and this could be the result and performance that gives West Ham the confidence to go on and enjoy a successful campaign.

The Hammers were active in the transfer market this summer and a number of their key acquisitions have already settled into life at Upton Park. Dimitri Payet, Victor Moses and Angelo Ogbonna are just three of the players that joined the club this summer and each of their new signings have made an immediate impact for the club. Payet has perhaps been West Ham’s best signing so far, scoring three goals in his first five matches for the club. The former Marseille midfielder scored twice in their victory over Newcastle and will surely continue to find the net throughout the course of the campaign.

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Ultimately, the appointment of Bilic has provided a fresh perspective and system at West Ham this season. Many fans had been extremely critical of the Hammers throughout Sam Allardyce’s tenture at the club and their passionate followers will be glad to see attacking, entertaining football at Upton Park this season. While the Hammers lost 4-3 and 2-1 to Bournemouth and Leicester respectively, they played some adventurous football in the final third – something that they failed to do under their previous manager, Sam Allardyce. West Ham have been well backed to finish in the top half this season and you can keep updated with their progress via Blue sq, as well as news on other clubs too.

West Ham are completely revitalised under Bilic and the early indications suggest that the Hammers could well finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season. They have remained solid and well organised defensively, largely due to the role of new signing Ogbonna, while their midfielders have been energetic, creative and reliable. Although the Hammers don’t have an individual world class talent in their side, Bilic has stressed the importance of working as a team and has built a well-oiled unit during his brief time in charge.

The return of Andy Carroll will help Bilic’s cause over the course of the season. The former Newcastle man, who made his return with a late cameo role against the Magpies on Monday, offers West Ham a different dimension in attack and Bilic will be keen to utilise Carroll throughout the campaign. Although the Hammers are trying to adopt a more possession-based approach to matches, Carroll gives the opportunity to play long, diagonal balls and crosses towards the box if West Ham are desperately searching for a goal.

Alex Song is a rock at the heart of the midfield and offers some stability to West Ham’s defensive line. Song is an incredible talent and has played for the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona in the past and believes that he is ready to guide the Hammers up the Premier League table. If Song can maintain his fitness throughout the entire season, he will play a key role in their success and could be the key to their top half aspirations. Bilic’s men have certainly started the season strongly and, with a bit of luck, West Ham will be back amongst the Premier League’s top teams at the end of the campaign.

 

 

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