West Ham United are tied with Arsenal on 17 points at fifth in the Premier League table with Sam Allardyce and Diafra Sakho winning the Manager and Player of the month.
Yes you did not read that incorrectly… the Hammers are killing it this year in the English top flight and it has been a remarkable turnaround from their relegation-battling form last season. And a lot of that had to do with the fans, as they’re the group pushing chairman David Gold and manager Allardyce to play attacking football… and it has paid off.
How did it happen? Well we hope these articles will help explain how the Hammers have managed to transform their club into a fierce Premier League opponent.
Here are the TOP FIVE BEST West Ham articles of the season so far.
This is where it all began. The results started coming West Ham’s way, which resulted in fans and pundits wondering whether they can maintain such an incredible start.
Well up until now they have, so did any of the factors that gave them a strong start continue their plight or did new factors come in sustain their rise in form? CAN THEY MAKE IT INTO EUROPE?
Diafra Sakho has had a brilliant campaign thus far scoring in five consecutive league games, and luck isn’t the only factor.
The Senegalese striker was purchased from the French second division without much fanfare, so why is it that even the likes of Manchester City’s defence can’t stop the 24-year-old?
Sam Allardyce throughout his English coaching years has used practically the same defensive-long ball philosophy, and when fans urged for a more attacking style it was predicted Big Sam won’t be capable of adapting to new tactics.
But he has, while keeping the solid defence he is so well-known for.
Sometimes clubs start out well due to luck and good fixtures, but West Ham’s performances indicate that they are even ready to challenge for a European spot.
They deserve to be where they are because of their tactical changes as well as the summer purchases.
Such was the fall of Stewart Downing at Liverpool that the English winger was made to jokes and memes all over the internet. His performances while with the Hammers improved slightly since his move, but then this season the former Aston Villa star really exploded into his old self.
How did this come to be? Did the players around him make him better? Or was it a change in position which resulted in such a dramatic step up in performance?