Former West Ham defender Glen Johnson thinks the Hammers still have a real chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season.
Despite not signing a single player during the January transfer window, West Ham are still 5th in the league and a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
It was hoped that David Moyes would bring in a few new faces during the winter window in order to boost his side’s chances of ending the season the way they started it, but that didn’t happen and the challenge is arguably a lot harder now than it was a month ago.
But Johnson still thinks West Ham’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League are high, but they will need to ride their luck at times if they’re going to pull it off.
Speaking to West Ham World, in an interview courtesy of Squawka, Johnson said: “The league doesn’t lie this time of the season, does it? So they deserve to be where they are.
“If they could just find a little bit more form then I think it could be possible. But you do always expect Man United and Tottenham to eventually go on a run. They’ve got better squads, if you like, bigger squads, so that obviously plays in their favour.
“But if West Ham get a little bit of luck, find a bit of form, then you never know.”
Over the festive period and during January, West Ham suffered a couple of blips in form which highlighted the need to do some business in January. Defeats to the likes of Southampton and Leeds at home came as a bit of shock after the Hammers had already beaten the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool in the league earlier in the season.
But having failed to strengthen over the last month, questions have emerged around the current squad’s endurance levels when it comes to having to potentially play another 25-30 games in all competitions between now and May, making a top-four finish a much harder goal to achieve.
Interview courtesy of Squawka.