Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has written off a number of teams’ chances of making the top four this season.
The ex-Manchester United defender claims his former club, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City will finish in the Champions League places, leaving the likes of Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham trying to emulate West Ham’s success:
“Forget the top four, forget (Man) United, (Man) City, Chelsea, Liverpool. That’s (top four) not going to happen. But I think if you look at Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester, David Moyes’s West Ham, Nuno’s Spurs, Mike Arteta’s Arsenal I think they’ve (Everton) got to get into that.”
“If they can do what David Moyes did last year at West Ham, I think that was where you overachieve. I think for me that (emulating West Ham) would be a great success (for Everton).”
Neville is right to say it will be a big ask for any other team to break into the top four, and it demonstrates how well the Hammers did last season to stay in contention for so long.
With Leicester also involved in the battle for Europe, West Ham boss David Moyes knows that he has a massive challenge on his hands to try and replicate the performances he got out of his team.
The Irons have started this campaign pretty well, having lost none of their first four games, but their clash against Manchester United this weekend will be a big test.