As West Ham’s season took a fantastic turn in February and saw us move from around the relegation zone up to the top half, what exactly determines a successful season?
Is it league position which determines success? Or all about a personal points tally in which to target? As things stand West Ham sit just 6 points above the relegation zone but are close to the top half of the table. Come the end of the season would finishing in 10th be defined as a success and yet finishing between 11th and 15th, just a few points fewer as things stand, determine a failed season?
Surely being better than 10 sides in the league is an achievement, regardless of any points tally we may have been aiming for? At the start of the season, West Ham’s target was to better last season’s 10th place finish. Most fans would have gone along with that, and also realised that it is no easy feat to achieve.
However, come the midpoint of the season with the Hammers sitting in the relegation zone, the majority of fans would have been happy to just stay afloat and remain in the Premier League. So does Premier League survival constitute a successful season, bearing in mind West Ham’s position just a few months ago?
West Ham’s targets may have been a little higher than between 10th and 15th but Lady Luck has not been on our side in terms of injuries to key players all at the same time. Taking that into account, we’ve done well to get ourselves out of the mess we were once in. On the contrary, does spending a relatively large part of the season in and around the relegation zone constitute a failed season?
It is in no doubt that the owners and manager will want to be closer to Southampton and Newcastle’s position, in terms of being completely clear from safety. That will remain the target, all being well.