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How the Hammers can push on next season

How the Hammers can push on next season

Last season didn’t quite go to plan for West Ham, as they were unable to push on from their impressive campaign in 2015/16. They finished 17 points worse off last season, and without previous star man Dmitri Payet.

The Board apparently have no intention of sacking Slaven Bilic, but it will be clear to them that strengthening the squad is imperative if they’re to have an impact on the top half of the table. Indeed, it was only in 2015 when co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold said the Hammers could win the Premier League and the Champions League within the next five years.

A quick glance on various betting sites, however, and you’ll find lowers odds on the London club to finish bottom than to finish in the top four next season. Either way, if you’re into your betting, make sure you follow the method to ensure you make money throughout the season.

Last summer saw 13 new arrivals to E20, including injury-plagued record signing Andrew Ayew. None of the others were able to make a significant impact at the club, with the likes of Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore, Simone Zaza and Sofiane Feghouli all struggling.

This summer, the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity, with Bilic looking to pick up two or three players that could actually improve his starting XI. One player they’ve already tied up is Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer – a player who’ll bring experience and quality to the squad, and from whom Sam Byram will be able to learn.

Bilic would also do well to sign a keeper. Neither Adrian nor Darren Randolph showed the confidence to be the Hammer’s long-term number one last season. Jordan Pickford was an early target, but his move to Everton means that a move for Joe Hart could be on the cards. Whilst the England keeper is often scrutinised, a lot of it comes down to him playing for the national side – he would still be a step up from the options Bilic already has.

Strikers Andy Carroll and Andrew Ayew spent large parts of last season on the injury table, and the London club should look for more options up top. Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Kelechi Iheanacho are out of favour at their respective clubs, and they’ve been linked with a summer move to the London Stadium. One of those would add great quality to the squad and could take the Hammers to another level.

Finally, a Payet-shaped hole still needs to filled, as creative spark seriously lacked last season. Gylfi Sigurdsson – who excelled at struggling Swansea last season – would be a fantastic addition to the squad, and would walk into the starting XI.

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