Bilic was touted to lose his job all season, especially after 5-1 and 3-0 losses to Arsenal but their owners kept faith. West Ham somehow finished 11th. Everything about their season was average and rather inconsistent, only making the top half on four occasions. Their highlight was putting Chelsea out of the league cup but they went out in the next round.
They did well considering it was their first season away from Upton Park.
11th for goals scored, goals conceded was more of a problem, leaking 3+ in 11 games, four of those in a row during August and September. Those high scoring beatings did make room for 10 clean sheets though.
Their highest assist maker joined in January (Snodgrass 5) and top scorer was a midfielder (Antonio 9). What they ranked last in was tackles made.
Gold and Sullivan would love to replicate 2015-16’s 7th place finish but they simply don’t have the quality like they did with Payet. All of their Premier League finishes average out at 11.7 so they’re roughly where they should be. Hammers fans haven’t been to a cup final since 2005-06 so without the fear of relegation maybe they should focus on domestic silverware.
Arnautovic and Chicarito would definitely add some quality to this squad and maybe change their style somewhat as the latter isn’t a target man.
Martins Indi would be a good addition on top of Zabaleta and Hart,while a loan signing or two wouldn’t go amiss – Wilshere and Andreas Christensen would fit the bill.