West Ham are currently in the midst of a terrible run of form.
Two points from five games has seen the Hammers drop down to 13th place in the Premier League table.
Things were looking great for West Ham after six games. They had just beaten Manchester United 2-0 and were flying high in the league.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side then went to Oxford in the third round of the Carabao Cup and were humiliated, eventually losing 4-0.
And ever since then, things have gone from bad to worse. A top six finish now looks like nothing more than a pipe dream.
Declan Rice came out fighting when speaking to Sky Sports, however, suggesting that if West Ham improve three key areas of their play, they can still finish sixth:
“We need to be more confident on the pitch, we need to be more defensively structured and we need to take our chances because in games we’ve had chances to kill the game off. 100 per cent. I think if you look from fifth to about 13th, there’s about four points between six or seven teams. So you just have to keep working hard. If we beat Burnley on the weekend you’re back up to seventh or eighth, so it’s not too far away.”
Basically, the 20-year-old is suggesting that the Hammers need to improve every single aspect of their game. And even then, only a sixth placed finish will be attainable. In truth, Rice’s remarks are embarrassing, and perhaps he would have been better saying nothing at all.
Fans of rival clubs will undoubtedly jump all over the Hammers star’s remarks.
Rice, who earns £40,000 per week according to the Times, is still very inexperienced, and sometimes he will say things that just come across wrong, and in fact, they end up putting more pressure on him and the club.
West Ham need to do their talking on the pitch. Perhaps the Hammers fans got too carried away at the start of the season. Perhaps Pellegrini’s side are simply not as good as they think they are.