West Ham in Wonderland

After the disappointing end to last season under new Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce West Ham have had a change in managing personnel. Croatian and former West Ham Player Slavan Bilic has taken charge of the realms at the Boleyn ground and hasn’t looked back since. With West Ham currently 5th in the league and chasing down a Champions League place, I look into whether they have a real possibility of becoming a leading power in the Barclays Premier League for years to come.

Over the summer the East London side brought in new faces such as Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and Manuel Lanzini who have all had huge impacts on how the side now plays. They have adjusted their style under Bilic to a more dynamic and efficient passing play which has devastated defences all over the league. For example wins over Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool shows that they are competing with the very best English football has to offer. Often this season Payet has been of different class to his opponents and has been a key figure in the sides push up the league. One player in the shadows that doesn’t get a mention as much as the creative players in the side is centre midfielder Mark Noble who has been a loyal role model to not just West Ham but football clubs all over the world. The Canning Town born player has been instrumental in leading his side to 5th in the league and I believe deserves a call up to the National side. Huge credit must also go to the manager Slaven Bilic who has transformed this side into being a mid table team to a European challenging side.

With West Ham moving home at the end of the season to the new Olympic stadium, the club looks to be on the rise. Tickets are now being hard to come by and the club has one of the best sell out percentages in the league. So with the new stadium move on the horizon the idea seems to be looking very beneficial to supporters and profits. This is allowing the club to attract new players and push them even further than they already are.

The looks bright for the London side with a high league position and a upcoming stadium move, the club seems to be bouncing. I also can’t praise the chairmen of West Ham United enough who are also fans of the club. They have backed Bilic in the market and created a side capable of beating the best.  However the organisation knows that they can’t get ahead of themselves and must keep putting effort in order to create a top 4 team. I still feel that the Champions League is a little beyond them this season, but who is to say that in the future they can’t be challenging with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for these league positions.

Overall West Ham United football club are in a fantastic position, not just in the league but in the backroom as well. They are in a good financial position and have no reason to why they shouldn’t push on to be a Champions League club. With the support they have behind them and the move to the Olympic stadium coming up at a rapid pace the club couldn’t be in a better position and I expect to see them pushing on further to higher levels.

Jamie Bowler

Keen sportsmen who used to play at a high level of sport at regional levels and had trials for professional teams. Now a keen sports writer and loves all types of sport. West Ham and Oxford United fan.