West Ham United could move up to ninth in the table on Monday as the rewards on offer for January start to become clear for David Moyes.
West Ham secured a dogged and rare 1-0 win at Everton on New Year’s Day to get 2021 off to the perfect start.
The result moved 10th placed West Ham on to 26 points, just three points off third place.
Toffees Hammered and Liverpool can push Moyes’s side up to ninth
The Hammers are one of six teams on 26 points ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
But Moyes’s side could actually move up to ninth on Monday without even playing.
Leeds would need to win at Tottenham by three clear goals to move above West Ham.
But if Liverpool dish out one of their regular hidings to Southampton on Monday by more than three goals the Hammers will move up a place.
It would be nothing less than West Ham deserve for their fine form this season.
West Ham eclipse Farewell Boleyn campaign at same stage and the sky is the limit in wide open season
It has been regularly mentioned that this is West Ham’s best start to a season since their Farewell Boleyn campaign back in 2015/16.
But in fact the win at Goodison Park now means West Ham have eclipsed the number of points amassed at the same stage of that record-breaking season.
West Ham were eighth in the table with 25 points after 17 games in 2015/16 before going on to record their record Premier League points tally of 62.
It means this is now West Ham’s best start to a season for 22 years.
West Ham have matched the points haul at the same stage of their brilliant 1998/99 campaign where they went on to secure their highest ever Premier League finish of fifth.
With a positive goal difference now – as opposed to a negative goal difference at the same stage in 98/99 – it could be argued this has been a better start.
January rewards become clear as West Ham embark on winnable run
The reward for West Ham’s excellent results during an extremely difficult start to the season is now clear ahead of a promising January fixture list.
After their FA Cup tie at Stockport, West Ham face back-to-back home games against strugglers Burnley and West Brom.
Moyes’s side then play Crystal Palace. Realistically West Ham could win all three which would catapult the east Londoners right into the Champions League spots and certainly into European contention.
West Ham end the month with a tough home game against Liverpool.
But beyond that await another three winnable games against Villa, Fulham and Sheffield United. Indeed West Ham won those exact reverse fixtures during a flawless November period.
Things are certainly looking up for the Hammers.
And in this wide open season who knows what could happen.
But West Ham must ensure they have no regrets and set their targets as high as possible.
Now if we can just sign a striker to really kick on. Over to you David Sullivan and David Gold.