West Ham surprised a lot of people in their final season at the Boleyn Ground, having finished just four points off of Champions League qualification. The new upcoming campaign will be one of the biggest in their history, having moved their home to the 60,000 capacity London Stadium. Slaven Bilic has been a breath of fresh air and will look to take the Hammers to even greater things throughout the next ten months or so.
Finishing seventh gained the Irons entry into the Europa League, and whilst they are expected to use a rather big squad in 2016/17, squad rotation must be taken into account when picking any player in claret and blue for your fantasy football sides. 15 different players found the back of the net for West Ham during 2015/16, so there are certainly a lot of options that need to be considered. Let’s take a closer look at which East Londoners we should be thinking about.
STAR MAN – Dimitri Payet (9.5m)
Euro 2016 showed that Payet can compete with some of the world’s best footballers from across the continent and West Ham fans have warmed to him immensely after his stunning debut season. Arguably the best free-kick taker in the league, set pieces are almost like penalties when this man steps over the ball. He contributed to 21 of West Ham’s league goals (9 goals and 12 assists), as well as notching 3 goals and 2 assists for France this summer. He was also injured for two months of the season after a horrific tackle from James McCarthy, so who knows what would have happened if he was fit for the entirety of the campaign. A truly wonderful midfield player that should be getting into your midfields with ease.
HIDDEN GEM – Aaron Cresswell (5.5m)
Cresswell is a plyer who can count himself unlucky to have never been capped for England, but that will surely change with the international appointment of Sam Allardyce. Since signing for West Ham in the summer of 2014, the left-back has missed just one league game and is touted by many fans as their most consistent player. He has a mean left foot which he makes the most of with his drilled crosses from the left-hand side, recording four assists last campaign and has the odd goal in him as we saw at the King Power Stadium a few months ago. Full-backs are generally the safe path in the defensive positions in fantasy football, and at 5.5m you are certainly not taking any financial risks on selecting this man in your squads.
BARGAIN OPTION – Sofiane Feghouli (5.5m)
When I opened up the game for the first time, I was shocked to see that the Algerian winger was priced at just 5.5m; that price is absolute daylight robbery! If you’re looking for that cheap fifth midfield option that will be featuring week in week out, Feghouli is most definitely your man for the job. This is a man who was impressing in La Liga for a number of years (until Gary Neville took charge), and was linked to moves to some big clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United. To give a further indication at the level that the 26-year-old has been playing at, he scored two goals in five Champions League games last season so he has been there at the top level and to put his price tag at just 5.5m is a mere insult from the Premier League, but an absolute steal for us.
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Written by Dean Ammi (@whufcammi)