West Ham United are now just over a week away from commencing their new Premier League season with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, where all eyes will be cast upon the Hammers’ new recruits.
Slaven Bilic’s side have impressed in the market this summer by bringing in Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez and the new signings, all of whom boast significant Premier League experience, are expected to improve the club’s form immediately.
The successful summer period should see the Hammers enjoy a strong start to the new season but they’ll need to be at their best due to a testing run of fixtures, which sees them tackle Manchester United, Southampton, Newcastle, Huddersfield, West Brom, Tottenham and Swansea before the end of September.
Early visits to United, Southampton and Newcastle will be important, with the Hammers forced to spend the first few weeks of their season on the road due to the athletics being held in the London Stadium, and the Hammers will hope to enter their first home match of the season against Huddersfield in good form.
That may well depend on how their new recruits have settled into life in East London but West Ham skipper Mark Noble is backing them to shine, as he told the club’s official website he’s impressed with what he’s seen so far.
“To be honest, I think the Club, the Chairman and the manager have done great business. The fans at West Ham demand big signings and they’ve got them this year! Chicharito is still probably one of the best finishers in world football. We all know the ability that Marko has got and he’s come in and shown it straight away.”
“The stuff that gets said about Marko off the pitch, from what I’ve seen over the past week or two, he has been fantastic, gelled with the lads straight away and hasn’t been any problem, so I can see the West Ham fans really liking a player like him. I’m hoping he does really well for us.”
“Obviously we brought Joe in and he’s England’s number one, which was a big statement from us because we had two really good goalies. Obviously we wish Darren [Randolph] luck at Middlesbrough but we’ve still got two really good goalies and they’re definitely going to fight it out this year.”
“The calibre of signings we’ve made this year, I’m hoping can make a huge difference.”
Mexican ace Hernandez will likely be the man feeling the most pressure as many expect him to solve West Ham’s woes in attack but he’ll find plenty of support from Arnautovic, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini.