Chemistry: The key factor behind West Ham's success this season?

Sam Allardyce's side look to be enjoying their football within a great atmosphere at Upton Park.

Above is a tweet RTd by West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho. In it, Sakho's 'bromance' with midfielder and team-mate Cheikhou Kouyate is referenced.

It sounds innocent enough - but is it in fact an insight into why the Hammers are doing so well this season?

If it's not Sakho and Kouyate, it's Mark Noble, Carlton Cole, Andy Carroll and more showing what good friends the West Ham players all are either on the pitch, on the training ground or on Twitter.

Even Carroll and former Hammer Jack Collison still exchange humorous tweets to this day.

And, although you would expect every side to have such good camaraderie (many do), is West Ham's strong chemistry within their squad the key factor behind their strong Premier League run so far?

Sam Allardyce's side are fifth in the Premier League and have refused to buckle under the pressure that comes with being higher in the table. They are playing with more freedom - as the pressure of a relegation battle is currently off their shoulders - and they are enjoying their football.

For many top-flight teams, though, such good bonds between players aren't exactly clear for all to see. Fallouts and tension often frequent Premier League dressing rooms. And imagine the kind of arguments that don't get reported publicly?

At Upton Park, however, there seems to be a minimal amount of that this campaign. And that chemistry & character might just explain why West Ham are doing so well. 

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