Manager: Sam Allardyce
Captain: Kevin Nolan
Ground: The Boleyn Ground
Seasons in the PL*: 2
Highest Finish: 5th – 98/99
Worst Finish: 20th – 10/11
Key Player: Andy Carroll – The ousted England International has not started a season injury free since joining The Hammers on a £15million deal from Liverpool. The towering forward only netted twice last season, the West Ham fans will want to see a better return to justify his price tag this season. An increasingly deadly partnership with club captain Kevin Nolan will define the number 9’s season this year. Big Sam will need his target man if they stand any chance of survival this season.
Enner Valenica – Pachuca
Aaron Cresswell – Ipswich Town
Cheikhou Kouyate – Anderlecht
Diego Poyet – Charlton Athletic
Mauro Zarate – Velez Sarsfield
Joe Cole – Aston Villa
Jack Collinson – Wigan Athletic (Loan)
Stephen Henderson – Charlton Athletic
Sean Maguire – Sligo Rovers (Loan)
Raphael Spiegel – Crawley Town (Loan)
Ravel Morrisson – QPR (Loan)
Matthew Taylor – Burnley
Blair Turgott – Dagenham and Redbridge (Loan)
Christian Atsu – Chelsea (Loan)
Pedro Obiang – Sampdoria (Transfer)
Jack Rodwell – Manchester City (Transfer)
Yevhen Konoplyanka – Dnipro (Transfer)
Carl Jenkinson – Arsenal (Loan)
A 13th place finish for the Hammers saw them see out a relatively successful campaign. Their highest point of the season saw them complete a hat-trick of wins over London rivals Spurs, with their lowest coming to Championship Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, losing 5-0. Four successive wins over lower end opposition saw Big Sam save them from relegation for another season.
The Hammers will need to strengthen considerably in this current transfer window, especially in attack. Attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan finished the clubs top goal scorer on only seven goals. The London based team will struggle against the power of the top teams, especially in the centre of defence, with an average of 18 shots conceded per game.
Expectations: 11th – If Big Sam can grab a 20-goal-a-season goal scorer then they might stand a chance of a decent finish. A centre back may be needed to bolster that defence too.
Recommended Bet - West Ham to be relegated is at a decent 6/1 with Bet365 here.