With the 2019/20 campaign in jeopardy amid the growing concerns of COVID-19, it remains a possibility that we have seen the last of the Premier League this season – so we have put together West Ham’s top five goals thus far.
The season started brightly for the Hammers after victories against Watford, Norwich and Manchester United early on gave the claret and blue faithful reason to be optimistic of achieving a European spot.
However, that form rapidly declined and subsequently, Manuel Pellegrini was sacked at the back-end of December with the Hammers among a relegation battle.
David Moyes arrived for his second stint in east London in an attempt to steady the ship and steer clear of the bottom three, but two wins since January has kept West Ham in the battle to survive.
Despite the doom and gloom of the past few months, there have been some excellent goals scored by the Hammers throughout the 2019/20 campaign, and we have ranked the top five goals scored so far:
5. Jarrod Bowen v Southampton
Bowen arrived in the January transfer in an attempt to help Moyes’ side push up the table and maintain Premier League status.
Well, his first start for West Ham against Southampton was something to remember; Pablo Fornals played a wonderful through ball into the path of the 23-year-old, who showed excellent composure to dink the ball over Alex McCarthy. Take a bow.
4. Andriy Yarmolenko v Bournemouth
Wow. This goals feels like it was scored in a different era, such has been the contrast of performances from the beginning of the season up until now.
Yarmolenko was in red-hot form coming into this clash against Bournemouth – scoring on his previous outing against Manchester United – and he continued that form with an excellent, curling effort to give the Hammers the lead.
The teams shared the points on the day, but the left boot of the Ukraine winger can produce something special – and special this strike was.
3. Sebastien Haller v Crystal Palace
This was not about the beauty of an individual strike – this was football being played at its absolute best. The Hammers were flying in the Premier League and this goal oozed class, confidence and epitomised how good this team was performing.
The move started in the left-back position, and after a flurry of quick passes, West Ham transitioned all the way to the other corner of the pitch with slick football, which Ryan Fredericks eventually crossed for Haller to tuck home. Manchester City-esque, some would say.
2. Sebastien Haller v Bournemouth
Ah, yes. A more recent memory for us to enjoy, but it just misses out on the number one spot. Moyes had just taken over the baton and it was his first game back in charge at London Stadium – and wow did we perform.
A 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth was exactly what the club needed, and Haller’s acrobatic scissor-kick was a chance for West Ham fans to enjoy football again. It was an outrageous strike and in another season, it would easily be at the top of the list.
1. Aaron Cresswell v Man United
What a day. What a goal. Manchester United arrived at London Stadium deprived of confidence while the Hammers were flying. This Cresswell free-kick late in the second-half sparked wonderful celebrations – and it deserved it.
With most expecting the ball to balloon into row z, Cresswell produced a moment of magic, curling his effort into the very top corner. Perfectly weighted over the wall and David de Gea had no chance. It really is the cliche of ‘even two goalkeepers wouldn’t have saved it’.