After a really tough start to the season with four straight defeats, West Ham have recovered brilliantly to finish the season in 10th position.
This constitutes a really strong campaign for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, especially after early season fears that they may be set for a relegation battle.
The Hammers invested a lot of money in their squad last summer and were rewarded for this with a good season, but they will be hoping to kick on again next year.
It will be really interesting to see what the Londoners do this summer, as it will give us a really clear idea of where their board’s aims are at for the club moving forward.
Are they happy where they are finishing around mid-table, or do they want to push on even further to try to finish inside the top seven and even into Europe?
Here we will look at the 10 big questions for West Ham this summer and moving ahead to next season.
Will Declan Rice stay?
West Ham’s Player’s Player and Young Player of the Year Rice is bound to attract interest from clubs across Europe this summer.
If they manage to keep a hold of their key man, it will be a huge statement of intent going into next year, but they are bound to have a fight on their hands.
Is Europe really on the horizon?
If you look at West Ham’s spending habits of late, you would think so.
They are still a bit off entering the top six because for teams like West Ham the gap is still so huge.
But if the Hammers continue spending well as they have been, and if they keep the bulk of their team together, they should start to close the margin.
Who will West Ham's marquee signing be?
Even though the 2018/19 Premier League season has only just ended at the weekend, West Ham have already been linked with loads of players this summer.
Among those to have been linked with the Hammers are Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Otamendi and Yann M’Vila.
There is no doubt this will change a lot over the coming weeks, but it will be interesting to see who West Ham splash out on this time around.
Is another summer of big spending ahead?
West Ham spent around £100 million on incomings last summer and it looks like they may do so again this year.
The Hammers already have a great squad of players, but there is no doubt they have areas for improvement around the pitch.
This summer’s spending will indicate how far the board are willing to go to move West Ham to that next level.
Can Manuel Lanzini find top form again next season?
Lanzini is arguably one of the Hammers’ most technically gifted players.
But he has struggled with injuries of late and he did not have much of an impact this season.
Having Lanzini back on top form will be as good as a new signing next campaign.
Will Jack Wilshere's fitness problems continue?
The free transfer signing of Jack Wilshere was a huge get for West Ham last summer.
When fit and firing, Wilshere is one of the best midfielders in the league, but unfortunately the England international has had no luck at all with injuries this season.
He has only featured in eight league games this season so the Hammers will be hoping he stays fit next year.
Will we see another squad overhaul?
It’s been reported in recent weeks that West Ham could let go as many as nine players this summer.
If that’s the case, the Hammers will have to bring in quite a few players to replace those set to depart.
After last summer, many would not have expected a big overhaul of players this year, but it looks like that’s what we are getting.
Can Felipe Anderson replicate his first half of the season form?
For the first half of this campaign, Felipe Anderson was in great form and was heading to be named signing of the season.
But as the season has gone on, his form has dipped and he has looked a different player compared to the first few months.
There is no doubt that he is a highly talented player and it’s only a matter of time before he finds his form again, which will be a huge boost for West Ham.
Is a big-name striker heading to the London Stadium?
Among those rumoured to be departing West Ham this summer are three strikers. Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez.
If that’s the case and West Ham are willing to let go three forwards, you would think they have some big plans in mind for incomings this summer.
Both Edin Dzeko and Maxi Gomez have been linked with the club recently, and it should be no surprise should West Ham spend big on a forward this summer.
What should be the aim for West Ham next season?
West Ham are a club like a few others, seemingly on the brink of making a charge for the top seven.
It can’t be understated how difficult it is for anyone outside the top six to break into the European places, but West Ham look like they are going to give it a good go next season.
Despite this, the Hammers push on ahead of the likes of Wolves and Leicester to finish in 7th next year, that should be classed as a great season.
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