According to author Alex Keble, West Ham might declare themselves “surprise top-four contenders” this month.
The writer noted that the Hammers might similarly fall back down the Premier League standings in the upcoming weeks.
The East London team has three victories and one tie in its first four Premier League games. Keble reported for the Premier League website that there are five unbeaten clubs, each with at least 10 points. “Some will drift away this month, and as they are absorbed back towards the middle of the table, optimism is sure to wane.
“West Ham United, who also have two UEFA Europa League games to play, start the season at home against Man City, then go to Anfield to play Liverpool, then play Sheffield United and Newcastle United at home back-to-back.
“David Moyes has three extremely challenging games that will shape the story. West Ham might drop back to their preseason expectations or make a surprising run for the top four.
The Hammers have had a fantastic start to the new season, much to the surprise of many in the game, and are only two points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Against Chelsea and Brighton, his team won 3-1, and then Moyes led them to a spirited 2-1 victory over newly promoted Luton Town.
These three triumphs followed a 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth on the first day, giving the Hammers 10 points from their first four games.
But as the club now has to juggle its Premier League obligations and its Europa League obligations, the difficulty levels will quickly rise in the coming weeks.
A League Cup match will also be added to the mix later this month when Moyes takes his team to Lincoln City in the competition’s third round.
The manager will be hoping that the summer transfer window was productive enough to assemble a team large enough to compete on all fronts.
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