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West Ham United 2021-22 Season Review: Major Talking Points, Best Players And Key Moments

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Abhinab Ghosh
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West Ham United has enjoyed a decent season across all competitions as they have done well in Europe while also going strong in the Premier League. Even though the Hammers crashed to a 3-1 defeat away at Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the campaign, they managed to earn a seven-place finish in the English top flight.

West Ham United’s 2021-22 Season Review: Major Talking Points

The East London outfit made an excellent start to their league season as they secured two dominant wins versus Newcastle United and Leicester City. However, they suffered their first league defeat against Manchester United back in September.

The Hammers managed to go strong in Europe as well by securing qualification into the knockout phases of the UEFA Europa League. David Moyes’ men suffered a few poor defeats during the winter months and got knocked out of the League Cup by Tottenham Hotspur. However, they ended the year in style by picking up a 4-1 win over Watford.

West Ham had a solid second half of the season as they continued to impress in the Premier League. Their excellent Europa League run finally came to an end in the semifinal stage of the competition as they were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt over two legs. The Hammers were also knocked out of the FA Cup after a 3-1 loss away at Southampton back in March.

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Still, Moyes has done well to keep his men going in league football as they finished the campaign in the seventh spot of the Premier League standings.

West Ham’s Best Players Of The 2021-22 Season

Declan Rice

The London-born talent continued to excel at the heart of the West Ham midfield. He made 50 appearances for the Hammers, scoring five goals and securing four assists in all competitions. He performed well to average 2.2 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 0.7 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game in the English first division which has made him the top candidate for the player of the year award (stats via whoscored).

Jarrod Bowen

The 25-year-old has proven his worth as a consistent performer by scoring 18 goals and picking up 13 assists in 51 matches for West Ham this season across all fronts.

Michail Antonio

The gifted forward began the campaign on fire but had a drop in form after the turn of the year. Still, the 32-year-old has done well to end the campaign with 13 goals and 11 assists to his name.

Key Moments 

Kurt Zouma’s goal in the 3-2 win vs Liverpool in the Premier League: 7 November 2021

West Ham’s excellent team performance in the 3-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Europa League: 15 April 2022

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