Stewart Downing explains how Sam Allardyce has improved West Ham from last season

Downing believes that Allardyce has vastly improved West Ham’s playing squad.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, attacking midfielder Downing expressed his belief that Allardyce used the transfer market well to increase the strength in depth of the Hammers squad.

Downing said: “The strength in depth has been better, the manager bought well, and now we need a result as quickly as we can to give the players confidence to finish well.”

Although West Ham’s season looks to be falling by the wayside as it draws to a close, there is no denying that they enjoyed a great start to the campaign, after spending wisely during the summer transfer window.

Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell all arrived on permanent deals and have impressed, whilst the loan signings of Carl Jenkinson and Alex Song look inspired.

Some of those players have lost form in the second half of the campaign, and that has ultimately led to West Ham’s downfall, but it is clear that the Hammers squad is far improved from that utilised by Allardyce last term.

The 60-year-old coach may receive a lot of criticism for the style of football he plays, and his inability to keep the East London club in with a shot of European football, but he has now built a squad who can defeat any team in the Premier League on their day.

It may not be Allardyce in charge next term, and who ever does take the reigns at the Boleyn Ground will surely want to make their mark upon the Irons squad in the transfer market, but they should give much credit to Allardyce for kick-starting a potential revolution in East London with some inspired signings last summer.

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