It’s not all been doom and gloom at West Ham this season, with reasons to celebrate, albeit in between the stress. Here are just a few of the reasons we can look back at the season in a positive light.
Moyes got players working. The work rate, distance covered and overall intensity of training has improved drastically since Bilic. Work ethic was seriously lacking and seems to be something Moyes managed to drill into the squad. Arnautovic confirmed this, adding: “He told me if you don’t work hard you won’t play and it made it click in my head, so if you see my stats you will see I run a lot.”
Moyes brought players out of their shells. Finding Masuaku’s position as a pacey winger, helping Arnautovic to unleash his talent and working with Rice to become a solid part of the starting lineup, we’ve had some brilliant performances from three players who could enjoy long and successful careers at the club.
We definitely didn’t deserve to finish 13th this season, but we did… even if it was mainly down to the poor form of the 7 teams who finished below us. The money we get from finishing 13th puts us in a great position to reinvest – and now is the time to prove that we mean business.
Changes are coming
While many had expected the renewal of Moyes’ contract, the news that he wouldn’t be at the club next season suggests ambition and an aim to improve. While we don’t know who will take his place yet, this could definitely be a positive. Please be a positive.
Nobody can fault the passion at West Ham. Not many teams have fans going mental every week, Captains tackling pitch invaders, everybody pulling together to support causes such as Isla’s Fight and daily arguments on social media. While the stadium move has lost some of the club’s heart for many fans, the fans are the heart of the game and what made us what we were. So here’s to a positive start to the 2018 campaign.
After a turbulent season to say the least, I truly believe this is the tipping point. We either invest now, work to achieve set goals and long-term plans and establish ourselves as a team to be reckoned with, or ignore the season’s issues and struggle with the same issues next season.
It’s an exciting time at the club and I REALLY hope the right decisions are made. We have the potential to become a top football club and I remain hopeful for all the next year holds.
COME ON YOU IRONS!