West Ham’s impending move to the Olympic Stadium will be an emotional time for everyone associated with the club. Leaving the Boleyn Ground after so many memories have been made there will be a bizarre experience for many a season ticket holder, although this sadness is tempered with the feeling the club looks to be heading in the right direction.
David Gold and David Sullivan are clearly extremely ambitious about what their beloved West Ham can achieve and this season shows that they may well upset a few people. European football isn’t guaranteed for the Hammers in 2016/17, but their campaign, however they finish, has still been a remarkable one considering that so many tipped them for relegation at the start of the year.
Can they go a few steps further next season?
Maybe they can do the unthinkable and actually compete with the miraculous story of Leicester, perhaps they really do have all the right ingredients to pull off a sensational league win.
Could they really do it? We think so!
Here are FIVE reasons why…
You need a rock-solid defence to win titles, it’s that simple.
Robert Huth and Wes Morgan have been a throwback to simplistic, and rather crude defending, but they have got the job done. West Ham actually have a group of rather more cultured defenders, Angelo Ogbonna, James Collins, Winston Reid and James Tomkins, and could – with the right tactics – make their back line as impenetrable as the Foxes’.
However pragmatic a manager you are, every gaffer knows they need at least one player with a creative spark and imagination to do the extraordinary.
Where Leicester relied on Riyad Mahrez for all their creative needs, West Ham have several players who could fulfil that role. Most all, of course, this would fall to Dimitri Payet.
Payet has been a revelation in the Premier League this season and his free-spirit approach to the game makes him a fearsome opponent for the tightest of defences.
Slaven Bilic, like Claudio Ranieri, is a magnificently likeable man and manager.
Bilic seems to develop a close relationship with his players and this transmits itself to fans. The West Ham boss is incredibly popular with both the media and football fans up and down the country.
His smiley persona is coupled with an unrelenting will to win that could make his side quite a force next season.
A large part of Leicester’s success has been down to their near invincibility at the King Power stadium.
West Ham will surely be able to develop a similar feeling around the massive Olympic Stadium and, if you thought the Boleyn was tough to play at, it could well become one of the most feared away days.
It’s not just the two Davids with never-ending ambition at West Ham, it is an intrinsic quality throughout the club at the moment.
The ambition in their signings has seen players with exceptional talent arrive at the club and that has spurred fans, coaches and the rest of the squad on to believe that they really can challenge for the biggest honours.