Year Formed

1895

Stadium

Olympic Stadium

Capacity

60,000
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

1998/99

The 2015/16 campaign was a memorable one for the Hammers, but they have finished higher in the Premier League era. With the likes of Ian Wright, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Trevor Sinclair and Steve Lomas, West Ham finished fifth in 1998/99. Those days may be on the way back though...

 

How they fared last season

Under Slaven Bilic, the club has new heroes, most notably France star Dimitri Payet. He scored nine league goals in his debut season in England as West Ham finished seventh to secure Europa League qualification. The Hammers were entertainers, led by the flamboyant Payet.

65
number of goals
scored last season
51
number of goals
conceded last season
5
red cards
58
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Payet and his team-mates’ goalscoring ability.

Like Payet, Andy Carroll netted nine league goals last season, but there were plenty of contributors.

Michail Antonio (eight), Mark Noble (seven), Manuel Lanzini (six), Cheikhou Kouyate (five) and Diafra Sakho (five) also did damage.

Payet was central to it all – he also had 12 assists – to delight Hammers fans.

West Ham scored as many goals as Arsenal, with the rest of the top four the only teams to net more.

Bilic, a former Hammer as a player, has also proven himself to be a more than capable manager.

He did some of his transfer activity early, including signing Sofiane Feghouli on a free from Valencia.

Also signing for the Hammers was Norway international and former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit.

 

Weaknesses

Bilic's men showed they are dangerous last season with wins over Liverpool (twice), Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea.

But to become genuine title contenders, the Hammers need to win the games where they’re favourites.

Of the 18 points on offer against teams relegated in 2015/16, West Ham collected just nine.

Against the bottom five, they took 16 from a possible 30.

And the Hammers lost just three home games, making the move to Olympic Stadium a double-edged sword.

Financially the club will be better off, but can it become a fortress?

Bilic will hope so, but his side need to start well on their new home turf.

 

Formation

More known for his motivational skills, Bilic showed tactical flexibility while being largely attacking.

 

Star Player

Dimitri Payet is the undisputed star after an incredible maiden campaign in the Premier League.

The France international reportedly cost the Hammers just over $20million for his switch from Marseille last year – and what a bargain that is proving to be.

Payet's season can best be told in numbers, with his nine league goals to go with his 12 assists.

Like his team, he entertained, and he carried his form into Euro 2016 as a hero for his nation.

Payet is strong, quick and has a good touch, while also a good finisher when given the chance.

Payet's reputation for his free-kick taking is growing rapidly with every screamer he scores.

There could still be more to come from the 29-year-old, a classy entertainer capable of leading the Hammers to further glories.

 

Slaven Bilic

Manager

That his team play with passion and are fun to watch should be no surprise.

The former Croatia defender and coach was at Besiktas before joining West Ham in June last year on a three-year deal.

Bilic is among the more entertaining managers to watch on the sidelines in the Premier League and is most lauded for his motivational skills.

But he also has tactical flexibility – even playing with a back three – and showed he could be successful with a team playing an expansive style, even against the so-called bigger clubs.

If he can develop that and work out a way to keep his side from dropping points against lesser teams, Bilic may yet become a wanted man for other title- and European-chasing clubs.