West Ham are still on the high horse they rode last season, and don’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon. David Moyes has been doing a superb job with the East London side as they finished just two points off top four last season with 65 points, Chelsea finished 4th with 67 points after Thomas Tuchel arrived and turned the tide around at the club.
West Ham have mounted another challenge this season, this time very early as they sit 3rd on the table, tied on points with Manchester City with 23 points, three points off leaders Chelsea who have been performing so well this season. Are they serious top 4 contenders?
The Hammers are already in the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League and are one of the favorites to win the competition, they have also qualified for the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup. They have a very balanced team, from goalkeeping to a solid defense, remarkable midfield and a very fast attack that can do damage on the counter.
David Moyes says they are on a “fast train to the top”, after being asked if they consider themselves to be title contenders this season, the manager played down the talk, on the other hand Pablo Fornals sees no reason for them to put a limit to their targets this season. West Ham are obviously eyeing the biggest prize and won’t take their legs off the pedal.
Also gaining rounds is the reports of an investment from a Czech billionaire, Daniel Kretinsky, who was also present at London Stadium yesterday as he closes in on a deal worth £150 million to acquire a stake of around 27 per cent in the club. This investment will further strengthen their finances and most importantly their transfer budget, players will arrive and the squad grows stronger and better.
West Ham have now beaten Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham this season and have just ended Liverpool’s 25-game unbeaten run, they have proven they are not a write off for any team they face. How far can they go this season? Only time will tell.
David Moyes commented after yesterday’s win:
“This result shows that we’re really in with a good chance of challenging for the top places, I’m hugely proud [that I’ve turned West Ham around]. The way the players have gone about it, you talk about me turning it around, these players were close to relegation. Now we’re pushing for Europe.
“I want us to challenge whichever teams are in the top four [and] I have laid that down to the players.
“I want to challenge those teams, I don’t know who they’re going to be. I hope one of them could be us but at the moment others have been there before us. So, we need to try and push and I thought today was a challenge.”
West Ham face Wolves on the 20th of November, after the international break, how they react to this challenge with the momentum they have after beating Liverpool matters in their quest for the top 4. Keeping all their players fit will be important, and the season is still very young but, in a campaign when the big sides have all shown vulnerabilities, they can hit their targets.