Winston Reid: This is what to expect from West Ham next season
By Matt Farr
West Ham defender Winston Reid insists the club will learn from their mistakes and come back stronger next season.
The east London club have endured a rollercoaster campaign in the Premier League this term, and face an uphill struggle to finish in the top ten.
Slaven Bilic led the club to an impressive seventh-placed finish last season, earning qualification for the Europa League, but they currently sit 14th with four games remaining, and just seven points clear of the relegation zone.
However, first-team regular Reid has promised fans that they can expect a much-improved West Ham next season, one that will have learned from the experience and mistakes of the current campaign.
After Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton, he told the Standard: “It was a decent performance and as long as we have that determination and work ethic, we should get the points we need to be safe and build for next year.
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“The players will learn a lot from the experience. It has been a roller-coaster ride and not easy, with the new stadium and the big turnaround in the squad. We will learn from this.”
West Ham spent much of the first half of the season languishing at the bottom end of the Premier League table, and were perilously close to dropping into the bottom three in December.
However, a brief turnaround in form in the new year saw the club rise as high as ninth, but they have since endured another dramatic decline, having won just one of their last 10 league games.
But they have a tough run of fixtures ahead of them, with trips to Stoke and Burnley, as well as visits from high-flying duo Tottenham and Liverpool.
The Hammers could finish as high as eighth if they pick up maximum points from their final four league fixtures, but it will be mathematically impossible for them to either match or better last season’s seventh-placed finish.