Super Slaven’s Champions League Quest
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 10, 2016
West Ham must really feel a top four finish is within their grasp after an enthralling away victory at Goodison Park this Saturday, courtesy of a lovely nutmeg finish by the ever captivating Dimitri Payet. The scenario in which the Irons won poses the question about a Top 4 finish. You have to ask yourself can the impossible become possible?
In seasons gone by West Ham have always endured spells of good results, however this year Slaven Bilic has added the missing piece to the puzzle – Consistency. The Hammers have lit up The Boleyn Ground many a time this season, having not lost at the fortress since last August; with one of those losses being at the hands of the relentless Leicester. Even the ferocious lions of the Premier League have been subject to a Hammers masterclass, with Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool all falling at the feet of Mark Noble and his troops. Not to mention the away wins at Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton! Slaven Bilic has built a team that is equipped to penetrate the pinnacle of the Premier League; with Dimitri Payet being the spearhead on their road to conquer all.
The Hammers are sitting pretty in a Top 6 position at the moment, with Manchester City only ahead by one point momentarily, however they do have a game in hand. In light of only being one point behind the Capital One Cup winners in fourth place, West Ham will be vivacious in their attempts to creep up on Pellegrini’s unsuspecting men, potentially securing a place for next year’s Champions League. Yet thus far in this ever dramatic campaign, West Ham has thrived against the ‘crème de la crème’ of the league and Slaven’s men will be eager to lengthen this rich vein of form, with battles against Manchester United, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea to overcome in future game weeks.The fact that Wenger’s Arsenal are only sitting three points ahead of the Irons, will leave Slaven’s army motivated to gain a firm grip on the Top 4 with a triumph against Sanchez and Co.
Throughout the season West Ham at times has been labelled as a ‘one man side’ with Dimitri Payet’s scintillating form catching the eye of many a football fanatic. However casting an eye over Bilic’s summer acquisitions suggests West Ham could not be further from this accusation. One particular purchase has excelled amid his loan spell from Al Jazira – Manuel Lanzini. Notably the relationship he has conjured with Payet, Kouyate, and Noble in the club’s midfield has been the source of West Ham’s undeniable expansion of creativity. In turn, allowing the effervescent Payet to create an impressive 79 chances whilst chipping in with 8 goals this term.
Nonetheless it hasn’t just been the new additions such as Lanzini, Ogbonna, and Antonio that have thrived under Bilic’s new regime – a new lease of life has been handed to midfield dynamo Mark Noble, whom surely is banging on Roy Hodgson’s England door? Noble’s impressive display away at Norwich in February apitimised his importance to the Hammers side. His determination, passing ability and desire lead the Hammers to a well fought draw after being two goals down; in what was a poor West Ham performance – rounding off his excellent array with a stunning outside of the boot drive into the upper right corner of the net. In summary Mark Noble has been a key integral part of the club’s success this season, and his fine attacking and defensive performances must be maintained if the Hammers wish to surge further up the table.
Slaven Bilic’s men will relish the opportunity to contest the Premier League supreme on theirconquest for European football, and with a little under a quarter of the season to go, I really do believe the impossible might just become reality for the East Londoners!