Currently just two points off the Premier League top four, a replay away from the semi-finals of the FA Cup, tying down star players left, right and centre and reportedly close to further purchases, West Ham are progressing well on just about every front imaginable.
With the two Manchester teams faltering above and below them in the standings, the 7/1 about the Irons ending up in the Champions League qualification places come the end of the campaign looks surprisingly sizeable.
Meanwhile, they are 4/5 favourites to advance to the last four of the cup at Manchester United’s expense and should be confident having shaded the original tie at Old Trafford.
What is particularly impressive, however, is the recruitment and retention work they’ve undertaken concurrently to their sustained excellence under Slaven Bilic.
The BBC reported yesterday that Senegal-international midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate have become the latest vertebra in the West Ham spine to sign a long-term contract with the club.
Kouyate has signed a new deal that runs until 2021, following in the recent footsteps of Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet, both of whom are also now contracted to the into the next decade.
All three were widely accepted to have been receiving admiring glances from other clubs and tying them down secures the mid-term future of the side.
Not that the Irons are resting on their laurels, with Football Insider’s Wayne Vesey, reporting a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveidt on a free transfer is a done deal.
While not announcing the identity of his new employers, the Norwegian former-Arsenal man made it clear he has signed for a Premier League club, telling ‘Gladbach’s official website, “I was in England for a bit to talk with the manager of my new club. “
Even if West Ham’s top-four and FA Cup pursuits ultimately fall short this season, it seems the club are prudently going as far as they can to avoid any chance of starting their first game at the Olympic Stadium amid any kind of uncertainty, over existing players or new ones.
They’re an enormous 18/5 to beat Chelsea for this second time this season today at Stamford Bridge, where their hosts have won once in their last five league games.
At even money the win/draw West Ham double-chance wager also appeals.