“I haven’t seen the exact points, but I think we can finish eighth,” the former West Brom loanee said. “We have dropped in the second half of the season, but I think if we keep working in the last eight games then we can finish eighth.”
Having enjoyed an incredible start to the campaign, the Hammers have since dropped off and look likely to miss out on European qualification, despite sitting inside the top four at one stage.
With eight games remaining, the East London club will be looking to cement their place in the top 10. And, with just one point leaving them behind Swansea City, they will be keen to finish eighth. Stoke are on the same points tally as the Irons, and it is likely that those three clubs will be fighting for the highest position in their own mini-league.
Stoke have to travel to the Boleyn Ground in the coming weeks, which could prove vital in securing the highest finish, and aside from an away game at Manchester City, it could be suggested that Allardyce’s men have a fairly easy end-of-season run-in.
They currently sit 11 points off the Europa League places, and if they can pick up their form for the closing weeks of the campaign, Amalfitano may just be in line for a finish which brings continental qualification - rather than merely eighth in the table.