That’s no disrespect to the Hammers – the times are well and truly changing in east London as the club embark upon a historic move to the Olympic Stadium.
Likewise, chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have made no secret of their plans to recruit ambitiously during the summer transfer window, having already confirmed a succession of bids for some of the most exciting strikers from the Premier League and yonder.
With a solid defence, an industrious midfield, a talismanic entity in Dimitri Payet and a talented manager in Slaven Bilic, a new centre-forward could be the final piece of the jigsaw.
Admittedly, there are no guarantees in the chaotic world of the Premier League but West Ham’s fixture list should give us an indication of how the Irons’ 2016/17 campaign will pan out.
With that in mind, we at Football FanCast have pinpointed FIVE key fixtures that could decide West Ham’s season.
West Ham dominated the London derbies last season and beating a team like Arsenal could well determine what kind of campaign they’re going to have – another one upsetting the Premier League’s big boys or one lingering in upper-mid table. Perhaps even more importantly, this is their first heavyweight fixture at the Olympic Stadium.
Southampton narrowly piped the Irons to a sixth-place finish last term and unless Slaven Bilic is prepared to accept a similar fate next season, his side need to claim at least a point away at St. Mary’s.
Should Ronald Koeman revive Everton as expected, they could emerge as one of West Ham’s closest divisional rivals next season. Whilst coming away from Goodison empty-handed is acceptable, the Hammers can’t drop points to the Toffees at home.
It’s a bitter rivalry that saw both clubs claim three points apiece last season. Beating the Lilywhites at home this late in the season would give the Hammers a real chance of finishing in the top four.
Liverpool will be well and truly in the mix for fourth spot next season, so their clash with West Ham on the Premier League’s penultimate weekend could have an enormous say on the final standings. Going to Anfield is never easy, but the Hammers claimed a 3-0 win there last season.