When the owners revealed their demands for this season, most fans baulked at the idea of attacking football under Sam Allardyce.
How could a manager with such an outdated philosophy simply change his style and get immediate results? Well, those who questioned it have been proven wrong thus far.
An exciting start to the season with attractive football that’s getting results means we’re currently sitting pretty in seventh after completely outplaying Liverpool and almost nicking a point at Old Trafford.
The new era appears to have arrived. Stewart Downing has become a revelation in his new central role, Cheikhou Kouyate looks a snip at £7million, Sakho even more so at £4m. Cresswell looks like he’s been playing in the top-flight for years and Alex Song must’ve been drugged before agreeing to sign for little ol’ West Ham because he’s just ridiculously good.
So it’s all change at the club – apart from Andy Carroll sidelined through injury, that’s still well and truly the same. And below you can see just how much improvement on the pitch there has been since last season. We’re not as negative as we used to be and we’re a lot more attacking then ever before.
Average per game