If the last home game of West Ham United’s season was to provide any metaphors for the season that Hammer fans have had to endure, it would have to be something awful happening for no apparent reason. Andre Ayew delivered.
After getting free on the far post on a corner kick, Andre Ayew had an open goal to shoot at, only to hit it against the post, and fall as he weakly kicked it again, somehow missing the goal once again.
Ayew's miss... how he hasn't scored I have no idea pic.twitter.com/yjwHAJQzvp— Dan (@Jondanagan) May 14, 2017
This miss summed up the whole season for West Ham this year. The team had all the momentum in the world coming in to this season, with one of the top players in the Premier League and a star of Euro 2016 in Dimitri Payet, had a favorable opponent in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, and looked to build upon last year’s 7th place finish.
And of course, since this is West Ham, everything went downhill very early. Just as Ayew missed the open goal on an absolutely glorious chance with nothing, West Ham lost to Astru Giurgiu to crash out of Europe before the Europa League even started. For every great game the team played, like beating Tottenham Hotspur, the team laid multiple stinkers, with home losses to Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City being the worst of the lot. Oh, and the team spent 20 million pounds on Ayew, who just missed a chance on goal that literally anyone in the stands could have converted.
Still looking at the Ayew miss. Impossible to miss from there but he did it. LOL.— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) May 14, 2017
Perhaps this is expected. The last time that the team finished 7th in the league, the following season the team that was “too good to go down” did get relegated, and this year only the team is sitting on 42 points with only a trip to Burnley to go. So maybe West Ham fans need to expect awfulness after glory. The season after the magical FA Cup run, the team signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano and and only stayed up because Tevez scored in approximately 867 straight games to keep the Hammers in the Premier League.
Here’s hoping that the team will be consistent next year and maybe the team will invest wisely and bring in good, young talent that will flourish.
@JackLebeau66 2015: The time David Gold tweeted "don't go to bed" on transfer deadline day, then ended up signing nobody! pic.twitter.com/RRvmlD42rL— Tom ⚒ Jordan (@TomCOYI_92) May 3, 2017
LOLOLOL j/k, West Ham is getting washed up players on free transfers and dodgy loan signings and the board will blame Bilic.