West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is not getting carried away with his side’s current run of form.
The London outfit are actually above Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the league standings, raising hopes that they could finish in the top four at the end of the season.
However, West Ham boss Allardyce insists that he is not looking that far ahead and will assess his side’s ambition in January.
"If we're still here towards the end of January, then we'll reassess our aims,” West Ham’s official website quotes him as saying.
“By that point we'll have played 20 games, we'll have played everybody once so we should have a good indicator of where we are.
“So we'll see what everybody has got in their locker, everybody would've seen what we have in ours so it'll be a question of whether we can carry it on.
“We might have a little worrying spell during the Africa Cup of Nations in January, that's why I'm not prepared to do any more predictions until they come back.”
Allardyce’s approach is spot-on and very practical. One of the reasons why West Ham are so high in the Premier League table is because of the disappointing performances of the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
One would expect those ‘bigger’ teams to pick up momentum, and it will be interesting to see how West Ham do from January onwards.
The Hammers do have a strong squad capable of finishing in a European place, but to claim a Champions League spot, they need to be consistent throughout the season.
Perhaps a top-10 finish for West Ham would be deemed a success, but that does not mean that the club’s fans should not dream of the top four.