West Ham loanee airs ambitious target, admits goals have changed

Carl Jenkinson

West Ham United have been performing above expectations this season, and Carl Jenkinson has explained what the club are aiming for.

The Hammers sit in 10th place at this late stage of the season, and Carl Jenkinson has told the official West Ham website what the club are looking to achieve.

A run of poor form in the last few weeks has seen the East London club drop to mid-table after a strong first half to the campaign, but they are still in with a chance of qualifying for Europe if results go their way.

The visit of Sunderland this weekend could be a great chance for the Hammers to get their season back on track, and they follow that tie with a run of fairly winnable games. Sam Allardyce will be looking to end the campaign on a high, and a strong finish may be vital in him securing a new contract to stay at the Boleyn Ground.

Having clambered as high as the Champions League places earlier in the season, it would come as a disappointment to see the Hammers not qualify for at least the Europa League. Their current form suggests that such an achievement will be delayed for another season, but full-back Jenkinson has told the official Irons website that the aim is still a European place, having started the season only dreaming of the top half.

“At the start of the season the goal was to finish in the top ten,” the on-loan right-back said. “Being where we are now the goal changes and when you're in this position you don't just settle for it.

“You re-assess your goals and make new ones. That's what we've done and the aim is to try and get a European spot. I don't think that's out of our reach as we have winnable games between now and the end of the season.”

Despite the next run of fixtures being winnable, West Ham have struggled against some average teams this season. They will need to overcome that issue if they want qualify for Europe, with there enough quality in their squad to hit that target.

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