?20million per point

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 25th April 2019

West Ham United are currently five points better off than at the same stage last season - having spent in the region of ?90million last summer.

Despite investing heavily into the playing squad during pre-season, the club have gained 43 points from 35 games so far this term - just five more than the 38 points Slaven Bilic and David Moyes' team had accrued at the same stage in 2017/18.

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And whilst that signals a minor improvement in the club's results, it is perhaps a little disappointing given that West Ham also hired former Premier League-winning manager Manuel Pellegrini at the cost of ?10million per year.

Still, there are only three Premier League sides who can boast a better record than the Hammers so far this season compared to 2017/18 - title-challengers Liverpool, who have accrued an additional 20 points in 2018/19, Europa League candidates Watford with +12 and Arsenal (+9).

The full comparison table looks as follows:

Premier League points: 2018/19 vs 2017/18

1. Liverpool +20
2. Watford +12
3. Arsenal +9
4. Southampton +5
6. Leicester City +4
7. Chelsea +3
7. Crystal Palace +3
9. Everton +1
10. Tottenham 0
11. Newcastle United -1
12. Bournemouth -2
13. Brighton & Hove Albion -3
14. Manchester City -4
15. Burnley -10
16. Manchester United -11
17. Huddersfield Town -19

West Ham's recent downturn in form has contributed greatly to the difference between last season's tally being worth just five points at this stage in time.

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At the beginning of March, following the 2-0 defeat of Newcastle in Stratford, the Hammers were a very respectable 12 points better off than at the same stage in 2017/18 and looked set to break the 50-point mark for the first time since leaving the Boleyn Ground (where the club recorded 62 points in their final season).

Sadly however a run of results than has seen Pellegrini's team win just once since that day (versus relegated Huddersfield) has resulted in the difference reducing to just five points.

* Learn more on the KUMB Forum's '2018/19 Benchmark Thread'. Our thanks go to CRFC Hammer for compiling it season after season.

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