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West Ham season expectations for 2018/2019

Filed: Wednesday, 21st November 2018
By: Staff Writer #3

New manager, new era for West Ham United.

Last season was pretty challenging as they finished 13th on the table, 12 points away from Burnley - the Europa League qualifier. In May this year, Slaven Bilic had no other choice other than to step down, after a disappointing season. This is when Manuel Pellegrini joined the Hammers, with a lot to work on to get the squad in the right state of mind to start playing good football again. And ever since, West Ham is working hard to get back on the track and into the top part of table where everyone thinks they belong.

This season is looking as an improvement compared to last year. In 9 fixtures, the Hammers faced Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal and Tottenham. This is a pretty difficult schedule for any team in the league, but they still played good in most of those games. The 3-1 win against United was special, because it concluded the worst league start for the Red Devils in 29 years. It goes without saying, but the next month will surely be easier for Pellegrini and the squad to start winning games. So, what can the fans expect from the team this season? Who are the key players, crucial signings and whereís predicted that the Hammers will finish. Letís find out!

Table Finish Predictions

What do the experts think about this seasonís West Ham finish? Well some say 10th place, some 7th, but itís definitely a top table finish. Given the signings over the summer, and how theyíve played so far, this seems like a reasonable expectation. The usual suspects are in the top 6, with Everton, Bournemouth, Watford and Wolvers alongside the Hammers fighting for the the rest of the top-table league positions.

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Key Players

Marko Arnautovic and the new-comer Felipe Anderson should be the players that keep playing good all season long. Looks like Arnautovic has finally found his form by scoring 4 goals in 9 games for the Hammers. He should carry the team in attack and reach his 10-goal mark much sooner than last year. The 29-years-old Austrian international has a total of 164 appearances in the Premier league with 37 goals and 30 assists.

Felipe Anderson is the biggest signing this season, and a key player for the Hammers on the flanks. By many experts, heís the player West Ham needs in the midfield to keep possession and create more changes for the strikers. He started all of the 9 games this season, scored 1 goal and made 1 assist. Anderson was one of the best players in West Hamís impressive win against Manchester United. And if he continues playing like this, the Brazilian could very well become one of the key players in the team.

Thereís also another player that the Hammers can count on bring some consistency into the game and thatís Javier Hernandez. Chicharito scored 8 goals last season for West Ham. That was a pretty solid start in his first season - given in mind how the team played through the year. This season, heís played 5 times so far, out of which he started only 1 game. But Chicharito could be the rotation player West Ham needs, to keep the attack solid for the whole 90 minutes. And with the rumour that Arnautovic could be poached by some bigger team if he continues with the great plays, Hernandez could find himself being the first-choice striker for Pellegrini very easily.

Important Signings

West Ham was very active this transfer window by spending around 100 million pounds. Looks like the club-record signing from Lazio Felipe Anderson worth 33 million pounds is already paying off. As we mentioned, heís playing a crucial role in the teamís midfield. Other important players that joined the squad are the centre-back Issa Diop from Toulouse for 22 mil pounds and left-winger Yarmolenko from Dortmund for 17.6 million pounds.

Team Status

The signings that came aboard fill in crucial positions in the team, and will bring stability in the squad overall. Yarmolenko however, got a foot injury last week against Tottenham and is not expected to return on the pitch this season. He became the seventh first team squad member to be injured on a longer period of time alongside big names like Lanzini, Sanchez and Wilshere. So, weíll see how this affects West Hamís performances in the upcoming period.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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