Mark Noble suggested that West Ham can finish as high as third or fourth in the Premier League table this season, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard.
The Hammers have made a fine start to their Premier League campaign. They currently sit in eighth spot in the table. Although they are level on points with third placed Tottenham.
Manuel Pellegrini made some great signings in the summer, and many are predicting West Ham to make a real push for the European places this season.
They have looked really good in their last four Premier League games.
A heavy defeat at home to Manchester City on the opening day of the season has been the only blight on their copy-book.
Should they find a certain level of consistency during the remainder of the season, Europa League football could very well be within their reach.
Should they be aiming even higher, however?
Noble certainly thinks so.
The West Ham skipper told the Evening Standard:
“There’s a feeling that the chance exists for a change and at least one different club to break into the top six this season. I would even go one step further. I believe there is an opportunity for someone different to actually make it into the top four and I really believe that is the case and if I didn’t, I would not be doing my job properly as West Ham captain. If you can go on a roll and keep winning, then there is no reason why even third or fourth place are out of reach.”
West Ham face Manchester United at home on Sunday. And if they beat the Red Devils, they could jump inside the top four.
There is still a long, long way to go, however, and Manuel Pellegrini will not be getting carried away, whatever his side do against United.