Nevermind being fourth in the Premier League, West Ham United are now the fourth best team in all of Europe so far in 2021.
West Ham beat bitter rivals Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday to move back up to fourth spot in the Prem.
If they can stay there, West Ham will qualify for the Champions League come what May.
Hammers feel the fourth
But not only are the Hammers fourth domestically. They also sit joint fourth in the league points form table for 2021 made up of all the teams from across Europe’s top five leagues.
West Ham had been fifth in the table which includes teams from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga.
David Moyes’s in-form Hammers were behind Barcelona, Monaco, Eintracht Frankfurt and leaders Manchester City.
West Ham were on 19 league points so far in 2021 with Barca on 21, Monaco and Frankfurt on 22 and Man City on 27.
Win over Spurs makes West Ham the joint fourth best team in Europe’s top five leagues in 2021
At the weekend Monaco beat PSG, Frankfurt beat Bayern Munich, and Man City beat Arsenal to maintain their respective positions.
But West Ham’s win over Spurs coupled with Barca’s 1-1 draw against Levante meant the Hammers move joint fourth with the Catalan giants in the prestigious table on 22 points.
West Ham’s Italian sister club Lazio joined them too after beating Sampdoria 1-0.
While no trophies are handed out in this statisticians league, it gives a strong indication of the kind of company West Ham are keeping.
Under Moyes, there is no doubt the Hammers are heading in the right direction.
The next step will be to maintain their position in the mix for Europe over the next three months.
Moyes’s boys already proving they can mix it with Europe’s elite?
Do that and West Ham will be rewarded for what is looking set to be their best top flight season for 35 years.
West Ham’s 22 points have been earned with wins over Everton, Burnley, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Tottenham.
A point was added in the draw with Fulham with the only league loss of 2021 so far coming against Liverpool.
West Ham have a tough looking run of games coming up against the likes of Man City, Man United and Arsenal.
But as the table shows, the Hammers should have nothing to fear.
Most league points in 2021: Europe’s top five leagues
1. Man City – 30
2. Eintracht Frankfurt – 25
3. Monaco – 25
4. West Ham – 22
= 4. Barcelona – 22
= 4. Lazio – 22
7. Bayern – 19
= 7. Atletico Madrid – 19