'Perhaps' - Alan Smith predicts top four race including West Ham
Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith believes West Ham will miss out on a top four finish because their squad isn’t strong enough.
The Hammers currently occupy the final Champions League position in the league table, ahead of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
But Smith, who was talking to Sky Sports, doesn’t believe David Moyes’ side have got enough strength in depth to hold that position for the rest of the season.
“I know there are games in hand for plenty of teams but City, Chelsea and Liverpool are the three best teams in the country,” he said.
“Pep Guardiola’s side are the best by some distance, to be honest, but those three teams will make up the top three I’m sure.’
“It’s a really difficult one to call. I can’t see Manchester United doing it. I just can’t see them getting there with the way they’ve been playing.
“There might be a resurgence, we will wait and see, but there seem to be too many problems to fix at Old Trafford at the moment.
“For me, it might just be between the two north London clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham, which would be very interesting.
“Perhaps West Ham’s squad might just not be strong enough, especially if Michail Antonio picked up an injury.
“Obviously Spurs have got a couple of games in hand and were they to win those, they would go above the Gunners, but I’m just going to side with Arsenal.”
This is something that was expected to be a problem for West Ham last season and ultimately wasn’t.
However, Moyes now has the Europa League knockout stages to contend with too and that means that the depth of the squad will really be tested.
It’s not wrong to say they have the weakest squad out of the seven contenders for the top four but they have the benefit of currently holding the position which means it’s in their hands.
With the January window still open for another couple of weeks, Moyes and West Ham have a real chance to bolster their squad and give themselves an even better chance of reaching the promised land for next season.
As it stands Smith is probably right, but never rule the Irons out of a fight.
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