West Ham report card, 2020/21 season: David Moyes has worked wonders - now bring on Europe

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David Moyes stood on the pitch at the London Stadium and told West Ham fans to “get the passports out” after they secured a Europa League spot by beating Southampton on the final day of what has been one of the best seasons in their history.

Jack Rosser assesses the 2020-21 campaign at the London Stadium.

The season in one word | Remarkable

Star of the show | Declan Rice

There are so many contenders here. Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio could all lay claim to being Hammer of the Year - but Rice has gone to another level.

Handed the captaincy, he has made a real difference and there is a feeling that, had he not been injured, West Ham could have got over the line in the race for the Champions League.

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Biggest let down | The empty stands at the London Stadium

West Ham have worked tirelessly to make the London Stadium feel like home, and supporters have been robbed of a season of fantastic memories in east London.

After 10,000 of them returned for the final game against Southampton on Sunday and roared their side into the top six, David Moyes will be hoping for more positive support next season.

Most improved player | Aaron Cresswell

David Moyes was keen to add a new left-back to his squad this time last year, while the fans had made their minds up that Cresswell was no longer good enough for this level.

How things have changed.

Cresswell has been a stalwart for West Ham this season and was even been touted for a surprise England call-up earlier in the campaign. A versatile and consistent performer.

Game to remember | Tottenham 3-3 West Ham (18/10/20)

Manuel Lanzini's late equaliser is a moment that will live long in the memory of West Ham fans and provided David Moyes and his squad with the belief that they could do something special this season.

Game to forget | West Ham 0-2 Newcastle (12/9/20)

It is easy to forget the disarray that seemed to be engulfing West Ham at the start of the season.

Supporters and even captain Mark Noble were up in arms over the sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom and when they suffered an insipid defeat to Newcastle on the opening day they seemed to be on the verge of a crisis. How things change.

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Rising star | Ben Johnson

Looks to have a big future ahead of him.

Manager verdict

What a job David Moyes has done.

The Scot has wanted a crack at a long-term job at West Ham ever since his first stint at the club back in 2017 but he had to wait for his opportunity.

Moyes has united the club like no other manager in recent years and has everyone at all levels, from the boardroom to the training ground, working in the same direction, which is some achievement at West Ham.

The 58-year-old will agree a new deal this month and there should be plenty of excitement over what can be achieved going forwards.

Fans’ mood

It has been a hard one to gauge with no one in the stands, but supporters are more positive than they have ever been since the move from Upton Park.

While resentment towards the owners of the club remain, support for Moyes and his squad is high. Remaining positive into the new season, even if things don't always go their way, will be key.

Grade | A

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