West Ham's five greatest players of the past five years, including Cresswell and Noble

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after the match

We look at the five players that have helped to make the Hammers the club it is today.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet, Mark Noble and Andy Carroll celebrate at the end of the match

West Ham United is a club that is steadily on the rise. Stability has been achieved under manager Slaven Bilic and the move to the Olympic Stadium represented a major signal of intent by the Hammers of their future ambitions.

Throughout the last five years, the club have suffered the highest of highs, finishing in the top half of the Premier League last year, and the lowest of lows, relegated to the Championship in 2011. Despite this, a number of players have plied their trade with the club, changing their fortunes for the better.

Here is our list of the five best West Ham players of the past years, and the crucial contributions they have made.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell

5. Aaron Cresswell

Since joining West Ham from Ipswich in 2014, left-back Cresswell has been a revelation on the left side of defence. Initially nervy and getting to grips with Premier League football, the 26-year-old soon found his groove and produced performances to stand alongside the very best of the 2014-15 season.

Cresswell played all 38 league games that year, winning the adulation of the West Ham faithful and sweeping the board at the club's end-of-year-awards. He continued his fine form last season, sparking demands for an England call-up that has yet to materialise.

While he is sidelined for up to four months at the moment, Cresswell will no doubt return stronger and return to the form that has made him one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

West Ham's Adrian celebrates their first goal

4. Adrian

Adrian has become a very dependable man between the goalposts since breaking into the West Ham first team. Brought to the club in 2013 as cover for Jussi Jaaskelainen, the Spaniard quickly usurped the Finnish legend in the starting XI and has never looked back.

He was awarded the honour of the club's Signing of the Season in 2014 and has continued to demonstrate herculean efforts in the following seasons, becoming a cult hero among fans.

Still only 29, the former Betis player's best years are ahead of him, and West Ham can look forward to the goalkeeper becoming even better.

West Ham's Kevin Nolan looks dejected

3. Kevin Nolan

There haven't been many West Ham players over the past five years that have been as dependable as Kevin Nolan.

As club captain from his arrival in 2011 to his departure in 2015, Nolan commanded the middle of the park with his wisdom and knowledge, guiding the club back to the Premier League in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process.

The former Bolton and Newcastle man continued to lead by example in the Premier League and played a key role in stabilising the club and consolidating its place in the top division.

While his influence began to decline thereafter, the gravity of his impact cannot be denied, and Nolan deserves to be recognised as one of the best to pull on a Hammers shirt in the last half-decade.

West Ham's Mark Noble celebrates after scoring their first goal with a penalty

2. Mark Noble

The ever-loyal Mark Noble is one of the few one-club men still out there, and he has seen it all with West Ham over the past five years.

One of the focal points of the Hammers midfield during that time period, Noble has cemented his position as central midfielder with hard work and dedication.

A sturdy pair of hands, his comfort at both attacking and defending has provided a springboard for many of his teammates.

He was deservedly gifted a testimonial match last season to mark his 10-year association with the club and, still only 29, Noble has more than a few years left in him to leave an even bigger mark on his only club.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

1. Dimitri Payet

Arguably one of the greatest coups of the last five years in the Premier League, Payet has been a revolutionary force for West Ham.

His ability to turn a game on its head, with unbelievable dribbling skills that could open up even the strongest defence, is amazing, and he had a major role to play in the club's 7th-place Premier League finish last season.

Scoring 12 goals in all competitions last year, including a number of memorable free-kicks, the France international has instantly won the hearts of West Ham fans and was awarded Hammer of the Year for 2016.

Payet is capable of so much more but, for his impact in his first season alone, he must surely be considered the club's best player of the past five years.

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