History suggests a top four finish is well within their reach, but the African Cup of Nations - and the losses of Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate - could be severely damaging in January. A strong festive period could set the club up perfectly to overcome their deficiencies at the turn of the year, and no one would deny that they deserve a place in Europe after their performances this term.
Whilst it has been Sakho and Stewart Downing winning all the plaudits for their performances in the final third, a strong defence has been the basis for their success on the field of play. The Hammers have put in a number of strong defensive performances, and the likes of James Tomkins and Winston Reid have excelled in the heart of the back line. However, it has been Aaron Cresswell who has been incredibly impressive following his transfer from Championship side Ipswich Town - defending and attacking with aptitude.
He has started every single game for Allardyce’s men this term, and has played a vital part in recording some massive victories that see them occupy the upper echelons of the Premier League table, including winning the two games he believes are the East London club’s biggest victories of the season.
Speaking to the official Hammers website, Cresswell said: “We're high on confidence now, we've won nine games already.
“The wins over Manchester City and Liverpool were the biggest so far. They are two world class teams with world class players.”
The 24-year-old left-back also praised the Irons ability to recover from poor starts to games, having gone a goal down during a number of games.
“We've gone a goal down quite a few times and then come back so that shows great character and team spirit,” he continued.