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Is this the statistic behind West Ham’s tremendous start to the season?

West Ham have been exceptional in front of goal this season.

West Ham sit third in the Premier League table this season, with four wins from six games.

Impressive victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have kept the Hammers just three points off top spot, and the performances they have been putting in have been exceptional.

However, the Hammers have not been the most attacking side in the division, and their victories have been picked up playing a style of counter-attacking football.

Of all the Premier League sides, West Ham currently rank fourth lowest in the number of shots they take per game, with 10.5 attempts every time they take to the field.

The three teams below them, Stoke, Newcastle and Sunderland, all currently sit in the bottom three - whilst the Hammers are in third place.

However, where the Irons truly excel is in their ability to put the ball in the back of the net, and although they rank fourth bottom for shots attempted, no other side in the league is better at converting chances than Slaven Bilic’s men.

  Conversion RateOn Target Conversion RateTotal AttemptsOn Target Attempts
West Ham 21% 59% 63 22

They have a total conversion rate of 21%, with 13 goals from 63 shots the best in the league - and four per cent better than the closest rivals, Leicester City.

But where the East London side truly stand out is in there ability to convert chances when they hit the target.

With 22 shots on target, the Hammers have netted those 13 goals, meaning they have an on target conversion rate on an exceptional 59% - 13% higher than Leicester’s.

This truly stands out in comparison to last season, with the best goalscoring side over the previous campaign holding an on target conversion rate of only 36%.

It is hard to see the Hammers keeping up their incredible record in front of goal, but if they do, there is no knowing just how successful West Ham’s season will be.

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