West ham United fans may have some cause for optimism for the up and coming Premier League season.
In a press conference this morning Sam Allardyce has revealed that he wants his side to “score more goals” this season.
He told reporters: "We're aiming for 10th or better and we want to score more goals than last season. That's achievable for us.”
West Ham last term were abysmal in front of goal scoring just 40 goals from 38 league games, the worst record outside of the bottom three.
Their top goal scorer was Kevin Nolan who netted seven times with Carlton Cole in second scoring only six.
This lack of ambition shown despite some fairly positive results saw Allardyce heavily criticised by home supporters who were still booing after watching their team win.
This was evident in a 2-1 win over Hull at Upton Park, and Allardyce later remarked: “I’ve not experienced that before in my time in the game.
"Today was all about coming off with three points, whether we played brilliantly, indifferently or not so good. It was about getting the three points.”
In a new look West Ham side, there seems to have been some changes in mentality from rigid to free-flowing football this year.
In last Saturday's pre-season encounter with Sampdoria, rather than adopt a compact 4-5-1 formation used regularly in the previous season, Allardyce's team lined up with a Van Gaal-esque 3-5-2.
The matched finished 3-2 to the Hammers who looked menacing going forward with Downing and Cresswell supplying Zarate and Carlton Cole up front.
The passing out of defence was risky but attractive football and maybe the East London club could play this style of football in future games.
Having successfully silenced the ‘boo boys’ last season, the Hammers begin their season with an away trip to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
On the fixture, the West Ham manager said: "It's a very exciting fixture for the players and fans, a big local derby and we'll have to hit top form from the first minute.”
Spurs will be favourites for the win in what will be Mauricio Pochettino’s first Premier League match in charge.