West Ham United are flying high at the moment but Paul Merson is not convinced.

The Hammers sit fifth in the Premier League and are unbeaten in six games after the comfortable 2-0 win over Manchester United last time out.

West Ham are playing an exciting, attacking brand of football under Manuel Pellegrini.

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West Ham tipped for top six

Their form, not just this season but over the last 30 Premier League games, has seen the club widely tipped to challenge the top six.

Those credentials were only enhanced by the convincing win over Manchester United.

But Sky Sports pundit and Chelsea fan Paul Merson is having none of it.

The former Arsenal and Aston Villa star was speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate on Monday night.

The subject of West Ham pushing for the top six came up.

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Merson scoffs at Hammers and belittles Villa

And Merson scoffed at the idea, rolling his eyes and grimacing at the suggestion.

His argument? Somewhat baffling citing West Ham’s draw against Aston Villa last week as evidence.


“Will West Ham finish in the top six? (raises eyebrows),” Merson told The Debate.

“You’ve got to look two weeks ago, Monday Night Football, against Villa.

“They drew 0-0. They drew 0-0 against Villa. You know, no disrespect, but Arsenal went and scored three goals against them with 10 men… with 10 men. It’s six games gone, it’s a long way (to go to say West Ham can make the top six).

“I like West Ham, don’t get me wrong, I don’t know if they’re going to score enough goals.

“A lot of people asked me about this game at the weekend, I said ‘it could be anything’ if Man United won you wouldn’t be shocked, if West Ham won you wouldn’t be shocked.”

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Sky isn’t the limit because there’s a glass ceiling

Despite having played for the club, Merson’s comments were a slap in the face for Aston Villa.

A draw and clean sheet, away from home, under the lights at an expectant and buzzing Villa Park, with 10 men for nearly half an hour, is a great result for any team, let alone West Ham.

So quite how Merson can use that match as a rod to beat Pellegrini’s side with will baffle supporters.

It continues a recurring theme from Sky Sports of late as fans of a host of clubs voice concerns over the lack of representation outside the top three or four sides when it comes to live coverage and among its pundits.

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