West Ham 2016/17 Premier League season review
Last Updated: 21/05/17 8:15pm
West Ham's first season at the London Stadium was an up-and-down one.
Read our review of the club's 2016/17 Premier League season with expert analysis.
Finishing position: 11th (-4)
Total points: 45 (-17)
Europa League: Play-off round
FA Cup: Third round
EFL Cup: Fifth round
Top scorer: Michail Antonio (9)
Life after the Boleyn Ground began with a win over Bournemouth but it was a tricky first season at the London Stadium for West Ham. Slaven Bilic's side went out of the Europa League at the play-off stage and were in the relegation zone by October.
The loss of star player Dimitri Payet in the winter transfer window was acrimonious, while the new signings were nowhere near as successful. Even so, six wins from nine games either side of Christmas ensured even a late run of defeats didn't plunge the Irons into danger.
For the highlight of the season, supporters had to wait until May and a 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham thanks to Manuel Lanzini's goal. It was a night on which the new stadium came to life and means they go into the summer with hope of a better season next time around.
EXPERT ANALYSIS - CHARLIE NICHOLAS
I'm a big fan of Slaven Bilic and I was saying last year that he'd be on my list for potential successors for Arsene Wenger, but that is no longer the case. Despite clearly being a very clever manager he's struggled to understand what his team is about this season. He hasn't been helped by the owners, who have their own interests, but this team has no identity. To just turn up for one game against Tottenham and celebrate it was just embarrassing for them.
This team has no identity. To just turn up for one game against Tottenham and celebrate it was just embarrassing for them.
Player of the season: Michail Antonio
For most clubs you'd be debating three or four players but it's only been Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini who have caught my attention. Lanzini is the one who can change games but Antonio deserved his new contract and England call-up with his early-season form.
What they need is a lot of new players. I think they'd be mad to get rid of Bilic but they need a new central midfielder as Mark Noble is declining, while they need some proper full-backs. They also need to get past the issue with the new stadium and if they can then you'd be looking at a good cup run and finishing mid-table.
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