Danny Murphy doesn’t believe that David Moyes’ West Ham side will have enough experience to finish the season in the top four.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder predicts that Leicester or his former club will pip the Hammers to the last Champions League space.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Murphy claimed that an injury to one of their key players would be the east Londoners downfall. He said: “West Ham have been doing it for a few weeks already [winning matches].
“The Hammers are another side that are very difficult to break down, as City found out on their way to beating them.
“Ultimately, though, I have a feeling David Moyes’ side might fall a bit short, especially if they have to cope without Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice for any length of time.
“I think it will either be the Foxes or Liverpool who make fourth place. Both of them have got far more experience of these kinds of situations when the pressure is really on than Everton or the Hammers do.”
The next three are crucial
On the opening day of the 2020/21 season, we lost at home to an underwhelming Newcastle United side. If you asked any fan back then where they could see us in the table on March 1st, not one of them would say in the top four.
It’s been a really special season for us. To even be in the conversation for the top four is an achievement in itself. It might be too big an ask, though.
Whilst, yes, we should absolutely be aiming as high as possible, there are still a lot of games to go in the season. None will be bigger for us than the next three.
We host Leeds United a week today at the London Stadium. A side who we’ve defeated once this season, anything less than three points is a failure.
This is because we then have two huge matches, first with Manchester United and then with Arsenal. United are undefeated in their last five matches but have only won two in that time.
When we clashed in the FA Cup, they narrowly progressed to the next round despite us missing key players. If we go there with a full-strength squad, we can definitely take some points home.
Arsenal were lucky to take all three points in our clash on September 19th. We should be confident going into this one.
If we can take between six-to-nine points in our next three games, maybe we can start thinking about the top four.
In other West Ham news, here is a look at Coufal’s performance against Manchester City.