West Ham United U23 final position in Premier League 2 confirmed
West Ham United U23s ended their 2020/21 campaign in eleventh place – outside the drop zone – in the Premier League 2 Division 1.
The development team played their last game of the season on Friday night, a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Rush Green Stadium.
The result left Dmitri Halajko’s young Hammers awaiting the outcome of Monday’s U23 game between Leicester City and Liverpool before learning the end result of the campaign.
Following Liverpool’s 2-0 win in the Midlands, West Ham finished ahead of Leicester in the Premier League 2 standings, meaning the Academy Football’s place in Division 1 for next season has been confirmed.
The league final marks the completion of an impressive response from the West Ham U23s; after collecting just nine points in their first 16 games, they have gone on to record 15 of their last eight league games.
That run included victories over Leicester, Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal, with draws against Liverpool, Arsenal and last season’s champions Chelsea, and just one loss – a narrow 1-0 loss to the winners of this race. season, Manchester City.
After their last game of the campaign, Halajko told whufc.com: “It has been a good end to the season.
“Our form in our last eight games has been close to two points per game – we’re in the top three or four in the league in that regard – so we’ve had a positive momentum and played some good football.
“The first half of the season was when we dominated games without finishing the teams, but it was a good second half of the season – we built our first half and improved – and I hope we have. does enough to surpass us. .
“Without a shadow of a doubt, we have enough good players to play in this division, and I think we’ve shown that. We’ve given each team a real game this season and probably should have finished better than us. ”
West Ham U18s, meanwhile, concluded their 2020/21 U18 Premier League South campaign with a 1-1 draw with Leicester on Saturday afternoon, finishing tenth.