West Ham United 2017/18 Premier League season review
Last Updated: 14/05/18 11:42am
West Ham finished the 2017/18 Premier League season in 13th place.
Read on for our review of their campaign, complete with the views of Soccer Saturday pundit Phil Thompson.
Finishing position: 13th (-2)
Total points: 42 (-3)
FA Cup: Fourth round
Carabao Cup: Quarter-finals
Top scorer: Marko Arnautovic (11)
West Ham's second season in the Olympic Stadium was even more turbulent than their first. Expectations were raised by the summer signings of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Joe Hart, but a dreadful start to the campaign cost Slaven Bilic his job in November.
Many supporters were unimpressed when David Moyes was chosen to succeed him, and while results did pick up in December, tempers spilled over when back-to-back 4-1 defeats to Liverpool and Swansea were followed by a 3-0 reverse at home to Burnley.
The ugly scenes at the Olympic Stadium that day summed up the mood at the club, but West Ham rallied in the remaining months of the season to avoid relegation and move up to 13th place. It's a long way short of what was expected when they left Upton Park behind, but it represents a job well done by Moyes.
Best day of 2017/18
The 1-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in December, when Arnautovic's goal gave West Ham fans something to savour.
Worst day of 2017/18
The 3-0 loss at home to Burnley was the nadir. Angry supporters invaded the pitch and forced co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan to flee the directors' box.
PHIL THOMPSON'S VERDICT
I think David Moyes should be in there with the top manager performances of the season because of the emotional battles in that job, putting out fires all over the place with fans, owners and players. He's had to use all of his experience to keep them in the Premier League and prevent a potential implosion.
Player of the year
I was shocked at how inept and disinterested Marko Arnautovic looked at the start of the season. I covered the game against Southampton where he got sent off for elbowing a centre-half. To have turned it around and become such a key figure, a little like Wilfried Zaha at Palace, is really impressive.
Keeping David Moyes should be imperative to bringing stability back to club and avoiding another relegation battle.
I think they will have learnt from this season. Keeping David Moyes should be imperative to bringing stability back to club and avoiding another relegation battle.
Sky Bet relegation odds for 2018/19: 5/1
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