West Ham's top three breakthrough stars of the 2014-15 season

Aaron Cresswell

James Tomkins, Aaron Cresswell and Diafra Sakho are the three breakthrough players for West Ham this season.

James Tomkins

West Ham's academy has long been credited with bringing through quality English players, and whilst there has been something of a lull since the days of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe, Tomkins has proven this season that there are still top players emerging at Upton Park.

Tomkins has arguably been even more impressive than his defensive partner Winston Reid this season, and is making a strong claim for an England call-up after a superb season. Previously considered a decent defender, Tomkins has established himself as an impressive centre back.

Aaron Cresswell

Cresswell was a summer signing from Ipswich Town in 2014, and was charged with making the step-up from Championship football to the Premier League - something that has been tough for many players in recent years.

However, the 25-year-old Liverpudlian has become one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League, producing great displays at left back throughout the season. In fact, Cresswell is unfortunate not to have been called up by England. From the Championship to one of the best left backs in the Premier League, Cresswell has had a real breakthrough season.

Diafra Sakho

Many expected Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia to be West Ham's top strikers this season, but they've been usurped by Sakho, who was a summer arrival from French side Metz.

The Senegal international, 25, has hit 12 goals in 24 games for the Hammers this season, proving that he was an inspired signing by West Ham last summer.

Few expected Sakho to have such a huge impact in the Premier League, but now defences have to gameplan to try and stop Sakho, whose athletic ability makes him such a threat.

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