Can West Ham break into the top 6?
West Ham along with a couple of other teams, are looking into breaking into the top 6 in the Premier League. This is a difficult challenge as the top 6 teams in England are so strong. Leicester, Everton, Wolves are the other teams in that category that are trying to break into the top 6. Since 2014, there has only been one season where two teams that usually weren’t in the top 6 made it in there. That was the season in 2016 when Leicester won the league and Southampton came 6th. That year was also West Ham’s highest finish in the last decade as they finished in 7th.
West ham started the season off, in the worst manner, losing 0-5 at home to Manchester City. It was not the first opponent that Pellegrini would have wanted, but he would have liked his team to put in a better performance than that. It is hard to face the champions in the first match, with the team lacking match fitness, which showed in the second half as they conceded 4 times.
Their second match was slightly better, they faced Brighton at the Amex stadium and came away with a 1-1 draw. However, if West Ham want to compete with the big boys, they need to be winning these types of matches.
West Ham spent big on a new striker, forking out 45 million pounds for Haller, who has not fully gelled into the team just yet. However, Pellegrini will be hoping that he will settle in fast and start firing goals in like he did last season with Frankfurt.
West Ham currently have one point from their opening two games, but their next three games are against teams that they should be beating and will be looking into putting in better performances than in the last two games. This will really prove to their supporters and to the rest of the league if they are going to be able to compete at the higher end of the table or they will finish mid-table again.