West Ham striker Andy Carroll hints that Chelsea could be relegated from the Premier League this season

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The Hammers forward admitted that it was a real possibility now.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has admitted that he is stunned to see how far Chelsea have fallen this season, and admits that they are genuine contenders to be relegated from the Premier League, Sky Sports reports.

Jose Mourinho's side sit two places and just one point above the bottom three, and Carroll hinted that a continuation of their current form will result in them playing Championship football next season.

"It is hard to think Chelsea could be in the bottom three at the end of the season," he explained. "But the way they are going, I don't see why they can't get relegated. I think it's on the cards."

The champions' defeat to surprise league leaders Leicester City on Monday confirmed the complete role reversal that the two sides have gone through since the beginning of the season.

While the Blues have fallen dramatically, former relegation-candidates Leicester continue to stun everyone - despite the two sides' respective form going into the game at the King Power, Chelsea were arguably still the marginal favourites.

While it may seem bizarre for a West Ham striker to be assessing Chelsea's plight, the unpredictability of the current season is likely to have an impact on Slaven Bilic's side, too.

The success for sides like the Foxes and Crystal Palace, as well the struggles of Mourinho's men, highlights that there is potential for teams to propel themselves into one of the top positions in the division. 

And with the Hammers just five points outside the top four, Carroll will certainly be hoping that his side are able to take advantage of Chelsea's current absence from the top half. 

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