Alan Curbishley analyses West Ham's Champions League prospects, praises Bilic's signings

West Ham and Slaven Bilic have been praised by Alan Curbishley.

Former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has told that he thinks the Hammers will just miss out on the top four this season, but thinks Slaven Bilic made great signings over the summer.

West Ham are currently on an eight-game unbeaten run, having won their last three games against Southampton, Liverpool and Bournemouth.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, who was appointed over the summer as Sam Allardyce's replacement, has made West Ham not only hard to beat, but also exciting going forward with players such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini thriving in the final third this season.

After the 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday night, West Ham sit just one point off the Champions League places, as their final season at Upton Park turns into something of a dream campaign under Bilic.

Now, former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley, who won 39% of his games during almost two years in charge of the Hammers, has had his say on West Ham's performances this season.

Speaking to, Curbishley believes that Leicester's shock charge to the top of the Premier League table has overshadowed West Ham's success this season, before hailing Bilic's summer signings, given the impact of players like Payet and Lanzini.

Curbishley also believes that West Ham may just miss out on the Champions League, but a Europa League spot is well within their grasp ahead of the big move to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

"If it wasn’t for Leicester City, I have no doubt West Ham’s season would be getting more coverage – it’s been very impressive," said Curbishley. "Slaven Bilic had a great summer transfer window and built a squad that has the ability to cover for injuries as well as just providing a strong starting eleven."

"At the start of the season, their priority would have been just to make sure they have Premier League football at the new stadium, but now they are in a position to re-evaluate their goals. I think Champions League is just out of reach, but getting a Europa spot based on their league position is realistic and I hope they make it," he added.

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