It’s been a long wait for major silverware for West Ham fans, you have to go all the way back to 1980 when they defeated Arsenal 1-0 to lift the FA Cup. So should the Hammers focus on lifting either the league cup or FA Cup this season?
West Ham started the premier league season with a 5-0 loss against reigning Champions Manchester City before drawing with Brighton under the tenure of their new boss Graham Potter before successive wins over Watford and Norwich.
Raheem Sterling was on another planet at the Irons soaked in their biggest loss of the season so far against City, so it looks like winning the league cup and the FA Cup is a realistic expectation for the East London club, especially if they are wanting to find a path into the Europa League if they start to struggle in the league.
So far they have beaten Newport County in the Carabao Cup and at the time of writing are set to face Oxford United a side which had former Iron winger Marcus Browne on loan before the youngster moved to Championship side Middlesbrough.
The Irons have not fared well in cup competitions recently with their last semi-final appearance in the League Cup or Fa Cup coming in the 2013-14 season when they met Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final, eventually losing 9-0.
Before that, they reached the semi-finals of the same competition in the 2010-11 season before losing out to eventual champions Birmingham City.
It’s safe to say that the Hammers faithful are long overdue a piece of silverware and this year’s two cup competitions could make way for the proud and happy days to return. With the likes of Haller, Fornals and Felipe Anderson starting week in-week out, this season is perhaps their best chance to lift a trophy in a long long time.