West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has sent an impassioned plea to the club ahead of next season.
The Hammers finished a satisfactory 10th in the table in the Chilean’s debut campaign.
That came amid increased expectations after spending £100 million in last summer’s transfer market.
But given the injuries experienced by the Hammers, it was a comfortable season playing infinitely better football.
Expectations on the rise
West Ham are believed to want six players this summer (Claret & Hugh).
So expectations will undoubtedly rise again.
One of Pellegrini’s biggest achievements has been turning West Ham’s fortunes around at the London Stadium.
Performances and results have made settling into life at the new ground tough for fans.
But there was a marked improvement last season as West Ham finished with the best home record outside the top six.
Hammers faithful are fiercely loyal
Despite not having lifted a major trophy for nearly 40 years West Ham fans continue to back their team in big numbers.
The Hammers pack out their 60,000 seater stadium and have the second most season ticket holders in the Premier League behind Manchester United.
And Pellegrini has urged everyone at the club from the owners to the players to use that to their advantage and really push the established elite.
Pellegrini makes plea to fulfil potential
“We lost only one match at London Stadium in 2019, which is a sign of how much we have advanced,” Pellegrini told whufc.com.
“Home form is so important in the Premier League, and the fact that we have a fantastic arena holding 60,000 supporters at every game is an advantage we must make the most of.
“The most important aspect is that we have made positive steps in the right direction. Over the course of the season, I have seen the mentality and belief among the squad grow and become stronger.”