West Ham made some fantastic signings this summer, but they have made success a necessity.
The Hammers have completed an almost squad-wide overhaul this summer, and on transfer deadline day made some of the best signings of the transfer window.
The likes of Michail Antonio, Alex Song and Victor Moses and strength and depth to Slaven Bilic’s side, and when put together with earlier signings such as Angelo Ogbonna and Dimitri Payet, the East London club have arguably had the most successful transfer window in the Premier League.
However, there is a downside to this impressive summer, with the pressure on Bilic’s head now at an extreme level.
He must be a success this season, otherwise he will be out of a job, with this campaign one of the most important in West Ham’s history.
The Irons need to enjoy a good season to ensure they have the reputation to fill the Olympic Stadium next term, and with the players brought in, they should be on course to fight for a top-eight finish, and be looking to claim European football.
They have already shown this season that they can match the best teams in the division, securing emphatic wins over Arsenal and Liverpool away from home, but then Bilic has also come across as being lackadaisical at times after being struck down at home by Leicester and Bournemouth.
Bilic needs to ensure he gets his players to their top level on a consistent basis if they are to live up to their potential this term, otherwise it could be the Croatian boss who suffers for building the strongest team West Ham have seen for a number of years - by losing his job before the end of the season.