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West Ham United are just a year away from moving to the magnificent Olympic Stadium in London.

A lot rides on this season, especially staying away from the dreaded zone at the bottom of the league.

West Ham United: A step closer to the Olympic StadiumThe sacking of Sam Allardyce was strange given his record of achieving mid table finishes on a consistent basis. Yes, there was unrest among the fans given the way the team fell apart post-Christmas but it was a huge gamble to part ways from Big Sam given the importance of maintaining Premier League status come 2016-17 season.

The appointment of Slaven Bilic has turned out to be a master stroke so far. The experienced Croatian manager being a former Hammer (as a player) had earned plaudits during his tenure Croatian national team head coach famously knocking out England from the qualification round of Euro 2008 and taking his team to the quarter finals.

He is a master tactician and set his team up well for the big games. He has adopted a counter attacking style of football at West Ham which has been successful and his team lie currently sixth in the table. He is a music lover and encourages his team to listen to inspiring music before and after the game.

West Ham have arguably done the best business over the last 2 years. The signings of Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson (on loan from Arsenal) the previous season propelled them to top 4 until Christmas last season. This summer, the signing of Dimitri Payet could well turn out to be the signing of the season.

The Frenchman had the second highest assists in Europe last season behind Kevin de Bruyne. He has taken the Premier League by storm by contributing to six goals (three goals and three assists). The deadline day signings of Victor Moses (on loan from Chelsea) and Michail Antonio provide pace and power on the flanks. Nikica Jelavic can be useful addition given Enner Valencia’s long term injury.

West Ham have played a direct counter attacking style of football. The pace of Sakho up top has caused a lot of problems to the opposition defense. Added to this is the guile of Dimitri Payet who played some outrageous through balls this season. His first touch is slick and he has got the vision to pick out his teammates with staggering precision.

Cheikhou Kouyate has been another revelation this season. His powerful runs forward has dragged defenders out of position and created spaces for the likes of Payet. He is again touch to mark in the box during set pieces. The duo of Winston Reid and James Tomkins haven done a fantastic job so far. There were central to their away successes against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City. Victor Moses since joining on deadline day has been a joy to watch.

The fullbacks Cresswell and Jenkinson have bombarded forward whenever possible. The goalkeeper Adrian has been sensational barring the unfortunate red card he received in the game against Leicester. Mark Noble’s leadership has been one of the key factors in West Ham’s good start to the season.

The Hammers have already scalped Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home. West Ham were perpetually unplayable in the first half against Manchester City where they ran City ragged with attacking and no fear football. However their home form is a cause for concern. They have slipped up against Bournemouth and Leicester and have dropped points against Norwich City at home. However they can take heart from the way they have started this season.

With the move to the Olympic Stadium getting closer and closer, the excitement of West Ham fans is on the rise. They are looking forward to the big step up and hoping this will be the start of a new force in English football. The ultimate goal of this club will be to have European football come next season.

However they face tough competition from the likes of Swansea, Southampton and Leicester which makes thing more interesting. The atmosphere around the Boleyn Ground is fantastic and there is sense of excitement building on what is to come. It remains to be seen if West Ham can kick on from their impressive start and bring European football to the Olympic Stadium.

Originally published at madaboutepl.com

Post written by akshaypkumar007
for Mad About EPL, Blog: Mad About EPL, Twitter: @MadAboutEPL

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