A long 352 days after it began, Pablo Fornals now can look back at his first season in the Premier League with pride.
The Spain midfielder joined the Hammers last summer from Villarreal and went on to feature in 36 of the Hammers' 38 Premier League games, scoring twice and contributing five assists.
With a run of twelve points from seven games in July - including Sunday's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa - securing their top flight safety, 24-year-old Fornals says the team's recent form gives them plenty to build on for 2020/21, which is just a mere seven weeks away.
"I hoped that we could win this game and be 15th in the table - it was a difficult game because they needed to win as well, and I think it was a just result for both teams," Fornals explained.
"In the winter when we changed the manager, the goal we had was to be in the Premier League again for next season. We had this goal, and hopefully to do it before the end of the season - it's not the goal [we had in mind at the start], but we did it.
This last month is what the fans want to see from us and I hope when the league starts again we can play like we did in the last weeks
"Personally, I will look back at my first year at West Ham [and it was] very good because it is not easy to come from another country. Everybody knows the difference in intensity between La Liga and the Premier League, so i think for me it was a very nice season.
"I played a lot - that's why I came here, to play, to try to help West Ham and I am very happy.
"The last games were great games for our team. This is what the fans want to see from us and I hope when the league starts next season we can play like we did in the last weeks."