West Ham United have enjoyed a decent start to their 2019/20 campaign. The Hammers, led by Manuel Pellegrini, have won two, drawn one and lost one from their opening four games.
It represents a positive start for West Ham who will hope to improve on last season’s tenth place finish in Pellegrini’s first campaign in charge.
It would be nice for the Hammers long-suffering supporters to have some European football to get excited about. After a summer spent adding quality players to their ranks there is a remote possibility of a European campaign to look forward to.
Whether or not they can challenge for such honours might depend on a few of their star players staying fit throughout the campaign.
Sebastien Haller signed for the Hammers for £45 million in the summer (BBC Sport). He already looks like a class signing with three goals from his first three games in the claret and blue.
On the left flank, Felipe Anderson will hope to carry on from his smashing maiden campaign in 2018/19. He netted 10 goals and registered five assists after his move from Lazio.
On the other side of Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko will hope to kick-start his West Ham career. He didn’t play a game after October last season due to a cruel Achilles injury which curtailed his progress.
He has looked capable of putting last season behind him in his first three outings of 19/20 and could be a massive player in Pellegrini’s team.
Another player who looks like being integral to any success West Ham might have this season is Manuel Lanzini.
The 26-year-old has created two assists in four games, operating in a number 10 role behind the lively Haller. Last season was a struggle for the £70,000-a-week star (Spotrac); a cruciate knee ligament injury meant that he didn’t feature for the Hammers until February.
Of course, other players might prove important. Declan Rice will naturally be a massive player; as will Issa Diop at the back.
There is a real sense that the quartet in the attack are as good as West Ham have had for many years, however. If those four can stay fit and keep firing, the Hammers faithful could need to dig out those passports for next season.