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Season Review: When will the chaos end for West Ham?

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Season Review: When will the chaos end for West Ham?

 

For West Ham, it was simply another season of chaos. The Hammers sacked Slaven Bilic and made the wholly unpopular decision to appoint David Moyes. 

 

Now, the east London outfit are on the market for a new manager after opting against extending Moyes’ contract.

 

Moyes did a good job at West Ham. He inherited a team 18th in the league and in disarray. The Hammers lacked discipline, had huge injury problems and their club-record summer signing, Marko Arnautovic, was really struggling. 

 

In the end, West Ham finished 13th and Moyes solves most of those problems, none more so than getting Arnautovic firing on all cylinders. West Ham cannot afford to get another decision wrong this summer. 

 

SUCCESS - MARKO ARNAUTOVIC 

 

It looked extremely bleak at one stage for Marko Arnautovic. The Austria international failed to score in his first 13 appearances for West Ham, nine of those under Bilic, and there were questions whether the Hammers had signed another dud.

 

In the end, Arnautovic finished the season as West Ham’s top scorer in the Premier League, netting at least three more goals than any other team-mate. 

 

In fact, no West Ham player has scored more Premier League goals in a single campaign since 2005/2006, when Marlon Harewood netted 14 times.

 

Despite cutting an isolated figure up front in the majority of West Ham’s matches, the 29-year-old really thrived under Moyes and it’s vitally important their next manager continues to get the best out of the Austrian.

 

Season Review: When will the chaos end for West Ham?

 

FLOP - JOE HART 

 

The big news on Wednesday was that Gareth Southgate had excluded Joe Hart from his 23-man England squad for the 2018 World Cup next month. 

 

Hart’s stock has diminished at a tremendous pace since Euro 2016 and the 31-year-old even had the audacity to blame Moyes for missing out on a World Cup spot.

 

His loan spell at West Ham has been nothing short of a disaster and it’s no surprise that the Hammers have opted against prolonging his stay at the London Stadium. 

 

Hart started the season as West Ham’s No.1 but that quickly changed under Moyes, who reinstated Adrian between the sticks. 

 

Aside from a strong performance against Chelsea in April, it’s been turgid from Hart, committing mistake after mistake. 

 

In fact, Hart committed four errors that directly led to an opposition goal in the 19 Premier League appearances this season, whereas Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope only made three between them from 107 appearances. 

 

GRADE - D

Season Review: When will the chaos end for West Ham?

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