Football pundit Gary Lineker has reacted to West Ham United’s 2-1 win over Leeds United.

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West Ham came from behind to beat Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road on Friday night.

The victory moved West Ham back up to fifth place in the Premier League table.

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Hammers flying high

It is their best start to a season for five years.

Indeed West Ham have just one point less than they had amassed at the same stage of the Farewell Boleyn 2015/16 season when they went on to record their highest ever Premier League points haul.

In truth West Ham have been transformed since football returned after the first national lockdown.

David Moyes’s change to a wingback formation and some astute signings have been credited for West Ham’s turnaround.

But West Ham showed they can perform when playing a back four too in the victory over Leeds.

Gary Lineker was suitably impressed by the Hammers.

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Lineker gives credit where it is due

And he took to Twitter to laud David Moyes and Declan Rice for West Ham’s success.

“Another excellent win for West Ham,” Lineker said on Twitter.

“Up to fifth place.

 

“Declan Rice gets better and better, and I think it’s fair to say that David Moyes is doing a terrific job.”

Lineker may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

But it is good to see him giving recognition to West Ham while others are falling over themselves to praise the likes of Everton, Aston Villa and Leeds.

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Rice and Moyes hailed

It was West Ham’s fourth win in five games.

And the galling thing is that could easily have been five in five had West Ham taken their chances against Manchester United last weekend.

Set pieces have been key to West Ham’s turnaround too.

The Hammers are now joint leaders with Chelsea in terms of goals scored from set pieces.

And they have conceded the second fewest too.

Next up for West Ham is a home match against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

The lowest the Hammers are likely to drop this weekend after the other matches is seventh.

So realistically they could be aiming to break into the top four spots with victory over the Eagles.

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