Ray Wilkins believes West Ham United almost made the top four

West Ham United are currently eight points away from the Champions League qualification places in the Premier League.

Ray Wilkins has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 28th April, that he believes West Ham United would have broken into the top four if they had beaten Leicester City.

West Ham took on Leicester two weekends’ ago, and they came so close to upsetting the Premier League champions in waiting.

In a dramatic match, Leicester had taken the lead through Jamie Vardy in the first half, and they looked to be closing on the three points.

However, a red card to Vardy completely changed the match, and West Ham’s belief visibly grew in the contest.

Slaven Bilic’s side started to dominate proceedings, and they got their reward when goals from Andy Carroll and Aaron Cresswell put them in charge.

There was a sting in the tale, though, as Leicester were awarded a controversial last minute penalty, which Leanardo Ulloa converted to ensure the points were shared.

The draw damaged West Ham’s momentum, and Wilkins feels that if Bilic’s men had been able to hold on they would have broken into the Champions League places.

"They’ve been magnificent," he said. "I honestly do believe that if West Ham had beaten Leicester, they’d have been in the top four. I think they would have been Champions League. That game has been paramount this season."

As things stand, West Ham are eight points behind fourth placed Arsenal, but they do have a game in hand over Arsene Wenger’s side.

The Hammers are next in action against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

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