Have West Ham progressed this season, despite their poor finish?

West Ham may have endured a poor 2015, but is their season still a success?

The Hammers are now on 46 points for the season, with the victory over Burnley last weekend taking them to their highest points tally since their return to the top flight.

They look well on the way to finish above 50 points, which has been the points total laid out by head coach Sam Allardyce and all his players for much of the season.

However, in relation to how their season started, 50 points seems like a bad return for the East London club. In the first half of the campaign, the Hammers sat inside the top four, and many were calling on them to properly mount a challenge for European football.

Yet, 2015 has seen them claim just three victories, and Allardyce’s men have fallen from fourth to ninth place in half a season.

This should be considered a real disappointment for the Hammers, but it should not shroud the fact that West Ham have progressed from last season, and are in a much better place than they were at this time last term.

The players available for selection are better, the squad is better, the club are in a better financial state, and are set to move into the Olympic Stadium in two years.

All in all, the Hammers have moved forward this year, and half a campaign of bad performances should not write off a season of progression.

The real sign of whether the club are ready to take the next step from Premier League minnow to established top flight club will come this summer, when it is revealed who will be manager.

If Allardyce is retained it will prove that the club are accepting their status and will continue to fight in the bottom half of the table, but an inspired appointment can push the club to the next level, and this summer is vital in the future ambitions of the East London club.

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