Over the space of nine unforgettable months in the 2021/22 season, the Hammers notched 76 goals across all competitions, including 62 in the Premier League, nine in the EFL Cup and five in the FA Cup.
Which was your favourite? Pick from the ten contenders here.
Pablo Fornals v Leicester City (H), 4 October 2020
This goal didn’t appear on when Aaron Cresswell knocked a high pass into Leicester territory, but Pablo Fornals had other ideas, trapping the ball superbly, before his next two touches kept him clear of Çağlar Söyüncü and allowed him to finish left-footed past an exposed Kasper Schmeichel.
Manuel Lanzini v Tottenham Hotspur (A), 18 October 2020
What more can be said about this goal? 3-0 down at Tottenham Hotspur with eight minutes left to play, West Ham looked dead and buried. But Fabián Balbuena’s header and a Davinson Sánchez own goal gave the visitors hope. It was hope that Manuel Lanzini cashed in on with a quite magnificent leveller in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Aaron Cresswell’s wide free-kick was headed out to Lanzini, who paid no attention to Harry Winks closing in, fading an unstoppable first time 25-yard shot beyond Hugo Lloris’ reach and into the top corner. What a moment.
Michail Antonio v Manchester City (H), 24 October 2020
The spectacular goals kept on coming with this Michail Antonio strike being scored in particularly good company. Rúben Dias played a huge role in Manchester City reclaiming their Premier League title this season, but he had no answer to this Antonio goal, as the No30 used hi strength to hold off his challenge and meet Vladimír Coufal’s right-wing cross with an acrobatic scissor-volley which flew past Ederson’s hand.
Sébastien Haller v Crystal Palace (H), 16 December 2020
This was an overhead kick about as technically pure as they come. Vladimír Coufal’s ball in from the right hand side was perhaps a little behind the Ivory Coast striker as West Ham searched for a leveller, but he halted his run and unleashed an outrageous bicycle-kick action to power the shot into the top corner of the Crystal Palace net before Vicente Guaita had even had the chance to move.
Tomáš Souček v Aston Villa (A), 3 February 2021
The Hammers’ No28 notched ten goals in 2020/21 to put him as joint-top goalscorer alongside Michail Antonio, and this was the slickest of the lot. Antonio did well to hold off the challenge of Tyrone Mings 25 yards out and lay the ball back to Saïd Benrahma. He immediately played the ball through to Tomáš Souček, who had run in behind Mings to drill into the bottom left corner.
Jesse Lingard v Tottenham Hotspur (H), 21 February 2021
This goal was worth the VAR wait which confirmed it. Jesse Lingard was involved at its start and finish, showing determination to knock the ball down the line to Pablo Fornals, then charge on to receive the return pass. His next touch took Eric Dier out of the equation before a left-footed shot across Hugo Lloris rippled the back of the net. The linesman’s flag initially went up against Fornals, but a VAR check showed the goal was legal – meaning Lingard and his teammates could get the band together for a memorable celebration.
Jesse Lingard v Arsenal (H), 21 March 2021
Not only was Jesse Lingard having a huge impact in front of goal after arriving on loan in late December, but he was also scoring spectacular goals, including this strike against Arsenal. He held his run nicely at the edge of the box to create space for Michail Antonio to pass back to him. The first touch popped the ball up for a half-volley which arrowed into the top right-hand corner of Bernd Leno’s goal.
Jesse Lingard v Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), 5 April 2021
Another for the Jesse Lingard showreel. Pablo Fornals and Vladimír Coufal did well to establish possession for the Hammers deep inside their territory before Lingard took off. He glided 70 yards down the Molineux pitch, evading the attentions of the home side’s defence before making the most of Michail Antonio’s decoy run to bear down on Rui Patrico and clip home. A special goal.
Pablo Fornals v Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), 5 April 2021
Just minutes later, another contender. Jesse Lingard was involved again, pirouetting majestically away from Nelson Semedo on the by-line. Arthur Masuaku took over to play a first-time low cross into the centre, where Pablo Fornals was waiting to finish assuredly with his right foot, opening up his body to steer the shot away from Rui Patrício’s dive.
Saïd Benrahma v Brighton & Hove Albion (A), 15 May 2021
Saïd Benrahma had come close to opening his West Ham United account on a number of occasions before he scored his first goal in Claret & Blue at Brighton, but it was worth the wait. David Moyes’ men were in need of inspiration after Danny Welbeck gave the hosts an 84th minute lead, and Benrahma was the man to provide it moments later. He picked up Ben White’s clearance on the edge of the box to unleash a curling right-footed shot, which kissed the post and secured an important point.
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