Ryan Fredericks issued a passionate rallying cry to his West Ham teammates, when speaking exclusively to the Evening Standard, suggesting that the Hammers should be pushing for the top six.
The east London outfit have made a decent start to their Premier League campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men currently sit in eighth spot in the table. Things could have been so much better, however.
West Ham lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace last time out, but on the balance of play, they really should have beaten the Eagles.
With so many of the so-called big six struggling this season, the door is wide open for the Hammers to gatecrash the European places.
And Fredericks told the Evening Standard how a top-half finish will simply not be enough for this West Ham team:
“We are a confident bunch and have as good a squad as the top six. That is where we want to be, we have a lot of good players who are way too good to just be happy in the top 10. We are a massive club with a massive fanbase and we need to be kicking on now. I think we have the players and the manager to do that. “
Is the right-back deluded?
Fredericks’ comments about West Ham’s squad do seem to be slightly exaggerated.
For instance, the Hammers only have Sebastien Haller as a truly top class forward. Pellegrini clearly doesn’t trust Albian Ajeti. The Swiss ace is still yet to play a single minute in the Premier League.
Another weak area for the east Londoners is their wide attacking department. With Michail Antonio out inured, they have a real lack of pace on the bench. In fact, Pellegrini continues to shunt Pablo Fornals out wide, such is his lack of faith in Robert Snodgrass.
So whilst West Ham should certainly be aiming for a top six finish, Fredericks’ comments suggesting they have as good a squad as the current big six seem to be well off the mark.