“Eighth for us is achievable, we should already be there. We should have already secured a lot more points, but we haven’t and that shows you the frailties of the squad,” said the boss.
“I know the frailties, I’ve seen them and know what we need to do so those frailties don’t appear next season. For now though it’s about these last ten games.”
So how does Allardyce deal with the frailties in his squad?
Firstly, he has to stop key players from leaving and there has already been evidence of success in that area.
Mark Noble and Winston Reid have both recently signed new contracts with the club and will both be key parts of the team looking ahead to next season.
Secondly, he has to add well in the transfer market this summer. Allardyce did good work last summer to improve his squad and he needs to further refine things to improve his options in key positions.
For that to happen, he has to be backed by the board if he’s chasing a deal which could be important for the club.
Thirdly, he has to be careful with the players coming back from injury and any who pick up problems over the rest of the season.
West Ham having a fully fit and available squad looking ahead to next season is going to be important in terms of improving and maintaining their consistency.