West Ham boss David Moyes has honestly admitted that the West Ham players are really punching above their weight this season.
In fairness, it could be argued that they have been over the past 18 months.
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When Moyes returned to the London Stadium for the second time in December 2019, the Hammers were under real threat of relegation down to the Championship.
The Scot has worked absolute wonders at West Ham though. He guided us to a sixth place finish in the Premier League table and subsequent qualification for the Europa League last season.
This term, we are sitting in fifth spot in the table and have a Europa League last-16 tie against Sevilla to look forward to next week.
Now the challenge for Moyes will be to guide his Hammers side to another level by reaching the Champions League promised land.
West Ham boss Moyes makes honest admission
The Hammers are one of the smallest squads in the Premier League, if not the smallest.
The fact that we are even in the race for the top four is quite extraordinary, especially considering the spending power of some of the teams in and around us in the table.
Moyes spoke to reporters yesterday and admitted that his players are ‘really punching’, as quoted by Claret and Hugh:
“Let’s be fair, the group of players we have got are really punching… I wouldn’t say punching above their weight but they are certainly challenging and keeping it going and showing we can compete.”
One thing that Moyes has undoubtedly done at the London Stadium is raise the expectations from the West Ham fans.
Having struggled for so long, we now have a team that we can be proud of and one of the biggest games in our history to look forward to on Thursday night.
The Scot isn’t immune from criticism though. He has made mistakes, notably his failure to sign anyone in the January transfer window. His in-game decision making is highly questionable as well.
But overall, West Ham boss Moyes has done a magnificent job with the Hammers. It will be interesting to see whether he can take us to that next level over the next few years.
The top four may well just be out of our reach this season, but with some smart player recruitment in the summer, we could be genuine contenders for major honours next season.
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