West Ham’s incredible season can be put down to a number of factors, but the most conspicuous has been their ability to consistently find the back of the net.
The Hammers, who vowed to play more entertaining football this term, have failed to score in just three matches in all competitions so far, a crazy statistic considering how they couldn’t buy a goal at times last campaign.
Sam Allardyce’s outfit have scored a whopping 32 goals in 21 Premier League matches, with still 17 to play. If they carry on in this vein they will blitz their recent scoring statistics and fire themselves into uncharted territory.
In the 13/14 campaign they managed a dismal 40 goals and the season before that just 45. In fact the Hammers haven’t managed over 50 since 05/06, when they ended the season in ninth place on 55 points.
They are already on 33 points this term and as long as the goals don’t dry up this could and should end up being their best season for a very long time.
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The Irons have had 204 shots thus far, averaging 10 per match. In comparison to last season there isn’t a huge difference – 326 shots, nine per match – but they are a lot more clinical in front of goal now.
One factor to this new-found cutting edge is the quality of the deliveries. They made nearly 800 crosses last term but scored from very few, they are still putting in lots of crosses (446) however they are now a lot more precise.
Therefore it is no surprise West Ham have scored the most headed goals in the league (14), with Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson largely to thank for this, as well as the reinvigorated Stewart Downing.
BEST EVER HAMMERS SIDE
The Hammers preseason objectives were a top-ten finish and to play an entertaining brand of football. They have certainly met the latter, with the former looking like just a matter of time.
Allardyce will be overjoyed with how the season has panned out so far and will be hoping his side can put on another thrilling display against Hull City at the weekend.
If this is to be considered as one of the best West Ham side’s ever, they need to push on and start punishing weaker opposition such as the Tigers. A Europa League finish may be ambitious, but it is certainly looking more and more achievable for the east Londoners.