Tomkins: It’s not impossible for West Ham to break the top five

James Tomkins believes that West Ham are real contenders for European qualification this season.

The Hammers have enjoyed an incredible campaign, and could be set to match their best ever Premier League finish - fifth in the 1998/99 season.

A change in formation and some astute summer signings have signalled a change in mentality at the Boleyn Ground, and following the 2-1 comeback victory over West Brom on Tuesday evening, the Irons kept their place in the top five of the table, one point ahead of Arsenal in sixth-place, and just one below Manchester United in fourth.

Sam Allardyce has been praised for his management of the side, and the 60-year-old coach proved his ability in recent weeks, with the club retaining their high placing despite a number of injuries to some key players. Diafra Sakho, Alex Song and Enner Valencia have not featured since the international break, and Stewart Downing and Cheikhou Kouyate have only just worked their way back to full fitness. With a full strength squad expected for this weekend’s visit of Swansea, the Hammers will be looking to break into the top four, by overtaking either Southampton or Manchester United - who face off on Monday evening.

James Tomkins netted the winning goal over West Brom, and his performance characterised the incredible team spirit shown by the East London club this term. He consistently put his body on the line for the cause, and he completed an incredible tally of 24 clearances - more than any other player in a single Premier League match this year. If the Hammers continue to perform in such a manner, continuing their run is a real possibility, and Tomkins believes that a top five finish is well within the club’s reaches.

“It's not impossible for West Ham to break the top five,” the 25-year-old central defender told FourFourTwo.

“Look at our position last season and now. It just shows a bit of team spirit, good organisation and good players, and you get the benefits.

“The lads are excited about what we're doing and it's all about keeping the run going.

“Who knows what we can achieve? Watch this space because we're on a good run.

“Around Christmas you can see a lot of people fading but if we keep our injuries down who knows what people can do?”

Having already played the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, the Hammers have proven that they can compete with the best sides in the division, and no one can deny that they most certainly deserve to finish in the top five of the Premier League come May 2015.

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