The pressure is on next season, admits West Ham captain Mark Noble

The Hammers have enjoyed a fine under manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham United have put the pressure on themselves for next season after such an impressive year, Mark Noble has told the club’s official website.

The Hammers have enjoyed a fine first campaign under Slaven Bilic, competing at the top end of the table for much of the season.

They currently sit fifth in the table following the win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and just five points behind Manchester City in fourth place.

That win saw them break their record points total in the Premier League, and while a place in the top four looks unlikely, a place in the Europa League looks likely.

That would be fine reward for such an impressive year, and Noble admits they have now put the pressure on themselves for next season.

“We’ve put ourselves under pressure now for next season!” he told “We’ve used the whole squad when we’ve needed to and we’ve just gelled this year. I think we feel confident every time we play. We’ve got good players.

“Obviously Dimi [Payet], for our third goal, made an incredible run and laid Andy in and he put in a great ball to the back stick and I managed to get the third. That’s the sort of players we’ve got at the minute and times are looking up for us.”

If West Ham are going to be successful again next season, much will rest on the work they can do in the transfer window.

Their fine year under Bilic has largely been built upon their work last year, with signings such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini proving to be astute captures.

If they can make similarly strong signings this summer, especially in their hunt for a striker, there is no doubt they can enjoy more success next season.

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