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West Ham United’s Premier League Season Review: Major Talking Points, Best Players And Key Moments

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West Ham United managed to end their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Southampton last weekend which ensured a sixth-place finish for them in the league table. The Hammers are now guaranteed European football for next season that would make David Moyes quite happy even though his men were in contention of securing a top-four spot a few weeks ago.

West Ham’s 2020-21 Premier League Season Review: Major Talking Points

The East London outfit made an inconsistent start to the campaign with two wins and two losses in league football. However, they struggled to pick up any victories in the month of December and slid down to the tenth position on Christmas Day.

Since the turn of the year, David Moyes’ players found some form as they secured impressive wins over Everton, Burnley, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace to get themselves back in the race for European football.

However, despite being consistent in the latter stages of this campaign, West Ham suffered an unexpected 1-0 home loss against Everton and were held to a 1-1 draw away at Brighton which put them out of contention for UEFA Champions League football next season. Even then, the Hammers managed to earn a place in the next edition of the UEFA Europa League which will be a welcome bit of news for anyone associated with the East London club.

West Ham's 2020-21 Premier League Season Review (West Ham's Antonio is seen in the picture)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Javier Garcia/BPI/Shutterstock 11903594en Michail Antonio of West Ham gets away from Ben White of Brighton Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United, Premier League, Football, The Amex Stadium, Brighton, UK – 15 May 2021 EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United, Premier League, Football, The Amex Stadium, Brighton, UK – 15 May 2021 EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games, or single club/league/player publications. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTXHUNxGRExMLTxCYPxROMxBULxUAExKSAxONLY Copyright: xJavierxGarcia/BPI/Shutterstockx 11903594en

West Ham’s Best Players Of The 2020-21 Premier League Season

Tomas Soucek

The Czech playmaker managed to finish the season with ten goals and one assist to his name and was a part of West Ham’s first team for all 38 Premier League matches. He was one of the best performers in David Moyes’ starting XI and was undeniably a Hammer of the year contender.

Angelo Ogbonna

The Italian centre-back has been a rock at the back for the East London giants and was one of the main reasons behind their top-four push in the English top-flight this season. Ogbonna did well to average 0.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 4.1 clearances per game in league football (stats via whoscored).

Jesse Lingard

Since arriving on loan from Manchester United back in January, Lingard has given a good account of himself by netting nine goals and grabbing five assists for West Ham in all competitions. He has been a breath of fresh air while on loan at the London Stadium and deserves a mention on this list.

West Ham's 2020-21 Premier League Season Review (Jesse Lingard can be seen in the picture)
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Key Moments

West Ham’s Convincing 3-0 Win Over Leicester City: 4 October 2020

The Hammers were excellent that day as they scored three goals past the Foxes in what turned out to be an early statement of intent from them. Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen all got their names on the scoresheet in that game.

West Ham’s Derby Win Vs Tottenham Hotspur: 21 February 2021

David Moyes’ players managed to pick three vital points in the derby win over Spurs earlier this year which gave them the belief to go on and string a few favourable results together to challenge for the fourth spot in the Premier League standings.

Lingard’s Solo Goal Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: 12 May 2021

Jesse Lingard scored one of the best goals of his career in a vital 3-2 win over Wolves earlier this month when he made a great solo run and scored one of the best goals of this Premier League campaign.

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