West Ham

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Star man

“We’ve got Payet, Dim­itri Payet” chant the West Ham fans and there re­ally is only one con­tender for the ti­tle of be­ing the club’s player of the year. The French mid­fielder has been a rev­e­la­tion since sign­ing from Mar­seille and has scored stun­ning goals.

What went right

Slaven Bilic could barely have wished for a bet­ter first sea­son in charge. The club should move into the Olympic Sta­dium with Euro­pean foot­ball and plenty of op­ti­mism. Bilic has man­aged to bring the en­ter­tain­ment, which was missed un­der Sam Al­lardyce, back to the club.

What went wrong?

Not a lot. The home de­feat by Swansea City ended any hopes of Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion, while they will re­gret not reach­ing the FA Cup fi­nal but Bilic will not look back at the sea­son with many re­grets.

Lame duck En­ner Va­len­cia

The for­ward suf­fered a bad in­jury in Europa League qual­i­fy­ing, but he has failed to find his best form since re­cov­er­ing. They will al­most cer­tainly lis­ten to of­fers for the Ecuadorean this sum­mer. Vic­tor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, has been a big dis­ap­point­ment.

What’s the ver­dict on Slaven Bilic?

Bilic was by no means the first choice of coown­ers David Sul­li­van and David Gold when they con­sid­ered the op­tions to re­place Sam Al­lardyce. But he has proved to be the per­fect ap­point­ment.

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