By Saikat Mandal

26th Oct, 2021 | 8:20am

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell plays down top-four finish talks

West Ham jumped into the top four after beating London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

Michail Antonio scored the only goal of the match in the second half as the Hammers earned all three points at the London Stadium.

Aaron Cresswell was highly praised by David Moyes after he registered yet another assist. The left-back was pleased with the team effort.

The England left-back enjoyed a fantastic week as he picked up three assists in two games, with West Ham winning three matches in just eight days.

The Hammers now have picked up six wins out of their last seven in all competitions, but Cresswell is refusing to dream about top-four hopes as yet.

“I don’t think we’re looking at targets at this stage of the season and saying we’ll finish top four because we got sixth last year,” said Cresswell, as quoted by Football. London.

“We know how tough the Premier League is, the money that is involved with the big boys and some of the players they can bring in. It is really tough to break into that and it’s an old cliche but we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Tough competition

The way the Premier League table is shaping up, it seems the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City will battle each other out for the title.

However, fourth place is up for grabs. Manchester United were touted as one of the title contenders at the start of the season, but their recent slump in form has seen them drop to seventh in the league.

The likes of Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton are expected to put up a strong fight while Brighton can be a surprise package as well.

Last season, West Ham came close to a top-four finish but Liverpool narrowly edged their rivals in the end. The Hammers are doing great in Europe as well, and there’s no reason why they can’t secure a Champions League berth this term.

The next month could pose a big challenge for them. The Hammers will face the likes of Liverpool, Wolves, Manchester City, Brighton and Chelsea and the results from those games will have an effect on their league position.

The January window is also vital. If West Ham can sign a good striker and bolster other areas of the pitch, they will have depth and quality in their squad to fight until the end and grab the fourth position.

In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.