Stats: West Ham's huge improvements in six key areas this season

We take a look at the statistics which show just how much West Ham United have improved since the start of the season.

West Ham United have been one of the Premier League's surprise packages so far this season.

The Hammers have climbed into the top-four after a brilliant start to the season and the changes they have made to their team's style of play have been remarkable. 

Sam Allardyce has been criticised previously for his direct brand of football, but this season they have played with attacking intent and poise. 

West Ham have been putting a far greater precedence on keeping possession and are trying to play with a more atheistically pleasing style, to help appease the fans' frustration about the lack of entertainment that has been provided at Upton Park in recent seasons.

These changes have worked better than anyone could have predicted and the vast improvements that they have made can be seen in the statistics. 

  SeasonGoals per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyShots per gamePossession PercentageTackles per gameInterceptions per gameAppearances
West Ham 2014-2015 1.8 375.1 77.1% 14.1 45% 17.8 13.5 9
West Ham 2013-2014 1.1 325.2 73.8% 11.1 42.1% 17.1 10.6 38

The London club have posed a far greater goal threat than in previous years, but they are also making giant strides in other areas of their game, too.

The Hammers are making 50 more passes-per-game than they were able to last season, on average, whilst they are also creating far more opportunities. 

Added to this, their defending has actually improved despite their new-found attacking style. 

The side are looking to be more proactive when on the back-foot and are now making more tackles and interceptions per game, too.

It shows that Allardyce has been able to add attacking quality to the side, whilst ensuring that they remain strong defensively, and for this he deserves huge credit. 

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch