Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed that West Ham have enough talent than the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United to finish in the Premier League top-six.
Speaking to Football Insider, the now 40-year-old retired shot-stopper admitted that he believes the east London side, who currently sit 13th in the Premier League table (per the Premier League’s official website), have the ambition to challenge for a European spot in the English top-flight this season.
Robinson said: “West Ham have always got ambitions of the top-six. Let’s say there’s a different feel this year, there’s a different feel to their ambition. There’s a bit of credibility, there’s solidity to the feel this year. You look at the team and they’ve got a reason to (believe).”
Manuel Pellegrini has often spoken about his ambition of taking the Hammers back to European football three years after their last venture into playing on the continent (per West Ham’s official website), yet after the first 11 games of the league season, it is beginning to look like a top-six finish is beyond them.
As well as the current Premier League table showing that West Ham are three points off the top-six and 10 off a top-four spot, figures from the football probability website Goal Impact show that the Hammers have just over a 3% chance of finishing in a European spot, a lower percentage than the likes of Brighton and Bournemouth as seen in the tweet below…
Premier League after 11 match days:
– Top 3 nearly settled
– Liverpool now with the upper hand
– 4th UCL spot still open
– Many many team still in risk of relegation pic.twitter.com/rwZzbrJXAy
— Goalimpact (@Goalimpact) November 3, 2019
Although both Pellegrini and Robinson are seemingly confident in West Ham claiming a surprising top-six finish this season, the stats just don’t seem to favour the Irons in their quest for a return to European football.
Results this season have been overwhelmingly poor, with West Ham failing to win a single game in October this year (per BBC Sport) and the Hammers losing to the likes of Newcastle United at home (per BBC Sport), and for a club that is aiming for a place in the top-six, performances like this have already seemingly sealed the Hammers’ fate this season.
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