The Hammers are currently flying high, sitting in the top four heading into the festive period.
Far exceeding any expectations set of them, Sam Allardyce has created a fluid, attacking side who are great to watch, channelling the traditional image associated with West Ham. Fortunately for him, his signings have worked out, and this new style has brought success back to the Boleyn Ground.
Victories over Liverpool and Manchester City have proven that the Hammers can defeat even the best sides in the division, and they will be hoping to continue their impressive run into the second half of the campaign. Looking to improve upon their best ever Premier League finish - fifth in 1998/99 - if the East London club were to secure a Champions League spot at the end of the season it would be an incredible feat, and one that is hard to match in the history of the Premier League.
However, there is still a long way to go until the end of the campaign, with just 16 games played, and the playing squad are remaining level headed in their ambitions according to forward Carlton Cole. The 31-year-old was interviewed by the Standard, and he suggested that a top seven finish is achievable, having only been targeting top 10 at the start of the season.
“The aim was top 10,” the striker said. “But, where we are now, you have to re-evaluate where we will end up.
“Top seven is achievable if we carry on the way we are going.”
Cole, who has been restricted to a limited number of appearances this season due to the form of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, had a lot of praise for Allardyce in the Hammers improved placing, claiming that he is now being rewarded for sticking by the club even when his job was under threat over the summer.
He continued: “The gaffer has done a brilliant job. People were saying in the summer his job was not safe but that did not bother him. He carried on fighting and is seeing the fruits of that persistence.”
West Ham will have a better viewing of how they can progress in the second half of the season after their round of Christmas fixtures, with games against Leicester, Chelsea and Arsenal scheduled before the turn of the year.