Sam Allardyce - If West Ham score 50 goals, we'll finish here

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has outlined where he wants to see improvements in attack.

Sam Allardyce has laid out how West Ham United will go about topping the 40 goals they scored in the Premier League last season.

The Hammers boss has called on Enner Valencia to rediscover the form he produced at the World Cup for Ecuador, while urging other players to weigh in with crucial goals.

“We want to get to 50 goals this year. We have to get two strikers plus a Kevin Nolan into the double figure mark. We didn't have anyone in double figures last year,” Allardyce is quoted by the Daily Star.

West Ham’s start to the season has seen the side produce just four goals in attack, which is difficult to judge at this stage because of reflections elsewhere in the league.

Aston Villa have scored the same amount, but find themselves in second place behind Chelsea after a 1-0 win away at Liverpool over the weekend.

“We finished 13th but with 10 more goals we can finish in the top half or better. We need these players that we bought to produce the goals at this level like they have produced elsewhere.”

It’s also important to point out that West Ham have been missing captain Nolan over the start of the season because of a shoulder injury.

Nolan is one of the best box-to-box middle men in the Premier League and someone who makes West Ham’s attacking play a lot deadlier in terms of the goals he scores and the chances he creates.

Should West Ham make it to 50 goals in the league this season then the possible places they could finish can be estimated by looking at the final 2013/2014 league table.

Last season, Spurs finished in sixth place after scoring 55 goals while Southampton (8th) and Swansea City (12th) both scored 54 goals and both finished in higher league positions than the Hammers.

West Ham take on Hull City this evening knowing that three points will take them high up the table and above Manchester United into ninth place.

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