It has not exactly been the best season in West Ham United’s history, but the Hammers did manage to stay in the Premier League despite a number of problems.
The capital outfit also ended the 2017-18 campaign on a high with an impressive 3-1 victory over Everton at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
And there are plenty of reasons for the West Ham fans to be excited about next season.
A number of players struggled to pull their weight this term, but that is not a criticism that can be aimed at 33-year-old full-back Pablo Zabaleta.
The Argentine’s legs might not move as fast as they once did, but there can be no doubting his commitment to the cause, and it is not a surprise that he has quickly developed into one of the club’s most popular players with the fans.
Zabaleta, who is valued at £4.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, took to social media following the Everton match to thank the West Ham supporters for their kindness, and as expected, the right-back was widely praised once again.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
It’s hasn’t been a great season but we finished off in style playing in front of our own fans at home. Thank you very much to everyone for the great support through the season and very happy to be part of @WestHamUtd family. #COYI ⚒ pic.twitter.com/QTzsfV6M2w
— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) May 13, 2018
As always Zabba your No 1 for effort and dedication,we will never forget to honour you.
— roy waude (@roywaude) May 14, 2018
Pabs, thanks for your contribution. Fans are always divided on talent and ability but one thing that can’t be disputed is your commitment and dedication to the team with every performance. Thank you for giving it your all this season.
— Greg Hammond (@therealhammo) May 13, 2018
Age is just a number Zab Class is permanent, u have been one of the bright sparks this season, no wonder the city fans loved u, class player ⚒
— ⚒Ryan⚒ (@RyanThorpe_WHU) May 14, 2018
Thank you Zabz. You've been tremendous all season. Enjoy a break and come back strong.👏🏾👏🏾👍🏾⚽️⚒️
— ZP Hammer (@zphammer) May 13, 2018
Well done Pablo your a credit to the hammers keep up the good work
— Paul (@Paul68575849) May 13, 2018
👍been in the top 3 moms all season!
— Scott Bebb (@BebbScott) May 13, 2018
Immense … and his runs today … nearly scored
— Johnathan Herbert (@JohnathanHerbe1) May 13, 2018
Thank you Zaba, you’ve been a shining light in the darkness the last two seasons ⚒👌
— ⚒⚒WHU_UPOS⚒⚒ (@WHULUVA) May 13, 2018