West Ham look set for a successful season

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After an impressive start to the season, Sam Allardyce's West Ham side should be looking to settle for no less than a top 10 finish, and may even have one eye on a Europa League spot if their feeling really ambitious.

And they have no reason not to be ambitious. The new recruitments for Big Sam have been a dream. Alex Song coming in as a stand in captain while Noble and Nolan remain out has been nothing short of exceptional. He has provided the constant support for the back four that Diame's surging forward runs couldn't quite cover.

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Cresswell and Jenkinson have fitted in to the Hammers' defensive line with ease, providing a sense of stability at the back that was lacking last term.

Amalfitano and Zarate have added a bit of depth and creativity in the midfield, allowing Allardyce to use something other than his infamous route 1 tactics. The change from the usual 4-5-1 formation that the United boss was heavily criticised for last season has been revised, and a new 4-2-1-2-1 system has been brought in to accommodate the new talent and get the best out of the players, all the while pleasing the fans.

But without a shadow of a doubt the two standout performers for the East London club so far this season have been Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, the former recently admitting he had only heard of the club from watching football film 'Green Street'.
Sakho's five goals in five starts for the hammers have been exactly what the club were needing with the absence of Andy Carroll leading the line.

Big signing 

Enner Valencia made a name for himself by scoring three times for Ecuador at this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, making the whole world take notice of his talents, and prompting Gold and Sullivan to make a move for the 24-year-old.

And he hasn't failed to live up to his £12m price tag so far, scoring one of the goals of the season against Hull after missing the beginning of the season through a lack of match fitness.

Sakho and Valencia have put in the kind of performances in recent weeks that defences are struggling to live with, and are looking likely they can provide a threat to the top defences in the league when those games come around.

If these new signings keep performing and moulding to the Premier League, the Upton Park faithful have every reason to believe a Europa league spot can be challenged for.

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