West Ham star aiming for top-nine finish next season

Mark Noble is targeting a top-nine finish at West Ham United in the upcoming campaign.

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has been speaking about the upcoming campaign, revealing where he hopes the Hammers finish and speaking about new signing Enner Valencia.

In an interview with the club’s official website, Noble said of the Ecuadorian international, “No pressure on him but we need him at the moment as we’re a bit light in that area.

“We just need our squad back together for the start of the season.”

Valencia impressed at the World Cup and had a fine goal-scoring record for former club Pachuca -where he found the net 18 times in just 23 matches – but the Premier League is a different proposition and he may well take time to settle.

However, Noble has set his sights high as West Ham look to improve on two relatively impressive top-flight campaigns.

“Hopefully we can entertain the fans and put on a good show in our home games and then go away and be solid away from home,” the midfielder added.

“We’ve finished 10th and 13th so the aim will be to finish better than that this time round.”

That is a lofty aspiration when you consider some of the competition in the Premier League, but such ambitions are the catalyst for footballing success and there is no reason West Ham cannot kick on next season.

They have impressed in the summer transfer window, not just with the purchase of Valencia but also with the deals to bring in Mauro Zarate, Diego Poyet and Carl Jenkinson.

They still lack spark, which a rumoured loan move for Wilfried Zaha would rectify. But whatever happens between now and the end of the transfer window, it will be interesting to see if the Hammers really can push on once again.

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