The Hammers have turned their season around in the last three months with Michail Antonio a key figure in that rejuvenation.
In truth the former non league player has been one of the club's key players over the last year, with Andy Carroll recently describing the former Nottingham Forest man as West Ham's best player - even when Dimitri Payet was still with the Hammers.
His form, goals and assists resulted in England call-ups and reported interest for West Ham's bitter London rivals Chelsea.
The Sun claim Chelsea's Antonio, Conte, wants West Ham's Antonio and will be back in for him in the summer but West Ham are hoping they can tie him to a new deal.
His rise to prominence is all the more embarrassing for Fulham, QPR and Brentford, though, after the player - who cost West Ham just £7m from Forest - revealed all three passed up the opportunity to sign him.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Antonio told a story that is enough to make fans of the West London trio cringe.
"When I was around 10, 11, 12 I used to play community for Fulham and the one day I didn't go the Fulham scouts came in," he told Jermaine Jenas and Carl Fletcher on 5 Live.
"All the players the coaches said I was better than, got scouted. I think it was a christening I went to.
From non league to England with a smile
"I was at AFC Wimbledon, but they didn't want to pay for my registration fee, it was £7.
"I went to QPR on a six-week trial before I went to (non-league) Tooting and Mitcham. I passed every fitness test, I did everything I needed to do.
"Then they've gone 'This reserve game, if you do well here then you could get signed'. I scored one and I set one up. They've come back to me and said 'You didn't put enough crosses in'.
"I went to Brentford after QPR didn't sign me, played in two games, scored in one game and set (a goal) up in the other game. They said 'He's a good player but there's other things that he needs to work on, we'll keep an eye on him' and within three months of that I signed for Reading."
The powerful Londoner has been a breath of fresh air since bounding into the West Ham first team last winter.
The ultimate grafter, his pace, energy, effort, workrate, enthusiasm, versatility, assists and goals have been crucial.
All those clubs who turned down the chance to snap him up earlier in his career will be cursing themselves now with the player worth at least £40 million in the current market.