Ahead of the Baggies' last ever visit to Upton Park, we caught up once more with Stu from the West Ham blog
Iron Views. He gives his views on the Hammers' season so far, Slaven Bilic, the loss of Dimitri Payet, and more. You can follow Stu on twitter @IronViewsStu.

How would you rate the Hammers' season so far?

Very good. The fact we can bemoan the game against Tottenham for being horrendous, this, that, and the other. We're still 6th. The fact it could have been even better if not for the 'simple' matter of an incredible amount of individual errors which have led to goals. So yes, all in all it has been a cracking start to the season. The fun is back, the entertainment factor is back, it's all coming together nicely.

Thoughts on Slaven Bilic? What's he brought to the club?

As touched on, the feeling of West Ham is back. Perhaps this has been created by Bilic being such a stark contrast to Sam Allardyce who had sucked the life out of the fans, the club and seemingly the players judging by our second half of last year!

Bilic is a brilliant man outside of management, and inside he has had varying success wherever he has been. He gets the club, he gets the fans. It's a match made in heaven really.

Can he maintain this sort of form, it's questionable. Where can he push us on to in the League? Who knows. But if we carry on recruiting players of the same ilk as of late, he won't have to do an awful lot of actual managing!!!

How disappointing was the club's early Europa League exit?

It varies. Sometimes I wish we'd given it a proper crack. Others I think, no, we've started the season well because of it. If at the end of the season we're not top 8, then it will be seen as a downer, if because of that early exit we finish in the top 8...well I think most would struggle to remember the grievances of our embarrassing exit!

How have your summer signings done so far?

Payet has been exceptional. I still don't truly believe we have a player of his calibre at the club. Especially when his talent and creativity was so well known around Europe. It's a huge shame he got injured, but, we're not a one man team.

Manuel Lanzini has arguably been better than Payet but has gone under the radar massively because of the Frenchman. At only 22 this boy has the world at his feet if he can continue to progress and mature.

Angelo Ogbonna, has looked exceptionally good. Again a shame he has been out with injuries and struggled to get straight back into the XI.

Darren Randolph, brilliant...for his country!

Pedro Obiang has looked very impressive, but has struggled with injuries so far.

Victor Moses is someone we've been crying out for for years. So, I'm glad we got him in on loan.

Michail Antonio, er...well I was chuffed to see us sign him as I went to school with him! But he just hasn't got his chance yet, when he does, I've no doubt he'll grab it and prove his worth.

Song, not played other than 10 minutes.

Carl Jenkinson, has scored some goals. Other than that, I don't even want to talk about him!

Jelavic has done okay, but not played enough as a substitute to validate any sort of consensus.

Anything the club needs to do in January?

Fullbacks. Cresswell and Jenkinson will likely remain as first choices. But when they're not in form we've only got Tomkins who can replace Jenkinson, on the left, well, it'd have to be Joey O'Brien right now...which we'd all rather not have to endure!

Who's caught the eye for the Hammers so far this season?

Payet, of course. But also Lanzini, an unknown quantity. Of 22 years of age. On loan from an obscure team and league I can't remember without googling. To come into the Premier League and to have been instrumental in where the club has got itself so far this season is nothing short of astonishing. I just hope he can keep up this level of performance up for the course of the season.

And if he does, I'm bloody glad we have 'first refusal' in as part of the contract as there'd be a lot of teams after him.

Anyone been particularly disappointing?

Our fullbacks. They were both the bright sparks throughout last season. This season, they've been poor and calamitous...especially Jenkinson. The collective back five too, whilst there have been consistently good performances from some (such as Tomkins) - the amount of individual errors has completely crippled us in a handful of games this season already.

Prediction for West Ham's season?

Top half.

Hopefully top 8.

Prediction for Albion's season?


Pulis is by no means a brilliant manager, but, he knows what it takes to keep a club up and in the middle of the table. Much like Allardyce in that respect I suppose?

Premier League champs?

Leicester City? Ha, no. As long as Man Utd don't win it and we have to be subjected to LVG spewing nonsense for winning it whilst being possibly the most boring man and boring football combination.

City looked good but have let themselves down as per usual. If Arsenal bothered buying players they'd walk it this year...

I'll gamble on City coming good!


Chelsea? I wish...

Bournemouth (unlucky with injuries)

Newcastle (where do you even start?)

Aston Villa (bizarre recruitment, have shown next to nothing all season)


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