Everton’s 1,000th game in the Premier League ended in defeat after another uninspiring performance saw the Hammers rise four places in the table, here’s five things we learned:
Thank god it’s over
For both West Ham and Everton fans alike, this season has been an extreme disappointment.
A lot of promise existed within the fanbases at the beginning of the season with both teams making promising signings and talking up a strong season.
However, both teams have taken a similar path this season, having an awful start to the season, sacking the managers they thought would take them to where they wanted to be and finishing the season with a person in charge that the majority of the fanbase don’t want.
Speaking from an Everton prospective it is sad to see how far back we have gone after such promise at the start to the campaign, the season has dragged and most Evertonian’s will be glad to see the back of it. West Ham, just like Everton have an extremely important summer ahead.
Not just the end of the season for Allardyce?
Pressure has been building on Allardyce for weeks now with many Evertonian’s fed up with the results, style of football and overall belittlement of the club in his press conferences.
The result against West Ham and the way Everton went about it will have done him no favours in his argument to keep his job.
Returning to his old stomping ground, albeit not the same location, Allardyce wouldn’t have expected a warm welcome as West Ham fans just like Evertonian’s aren’t his biggest fans.
However, having the entire ground singing in unison, you’re getting sacked in the morning is pretty humiliating and, if the decision hasn’t already been made, an indication as to what Everton are going to do next with Allardyce.
West Ham’s key men shine
If West Ham are to build on this season then a lot of it will rely on keeping hold of Arnoutivic and Lanzini. Both were key players in the game with Arnoutivic scoring one and Lanzini bagging two.
Despite Arnoutivic’s awful start to life in a Hammers shirt, he has come on leaps and bounds since Moyes took over, scoring 11 goals and being a key player in steering West Ham away from the drop.
Those 11 goals mean Arnoutivic has scored the most by a West Ham player in a single top-flight campaign since Bobby Zamora in 2006-07. Lanzini also finished the season strongly being involved in 11 goals (five goals and six assists), his highest in an English top-flight campaign.
Niasse’s goal against West Ham meant he finished the season as Everton’s second highest scorer, with eight goals, making him a rare light in what has been a dark season.
Most Evertonian’s were surprised not to see Niasse leave to go to Crystal Palace at the beginning of the season. However, it was arguably a good thing as the man from Senegal has scored some crucial goals for Everton this season.
He has also had the most shots on target of any Everton player with 18, despite only starting 10 games this season. For a player who was once a laughing stock he has won a lot of fans over with his work rate and never say die attitude – there may just be a future for him at the blues after all.
What next for Wayne?
The reasoning behind Wayne Rooney’s exclusion was apparently a slight knee injury. However, there are many rumours that suggest otherwise.
Rooney is currently heavily linked with a move to the US with DC United looking to take him on for £12 million. With the rumours suggesting Allardyce being in charge is one of the reasons Rooney wants to go, it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.
It has been a frustrating season for the boyhood blue and has probably not panned out the way he expected. Sunday’s game against West Ham was just another reminder of this underwhelming season. If Rooney is to go though there is no denying that the English game will be saying goodbye to a legend.