Moyes straight bats top-four talk after ‘unexpected’ West Ham season

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David Moyes refuses to be drawn on how many points West Ham will need to finish in the top four but is already happy with what his men have achieved this season.

The Scot has now seen his men reconvene after the international break as they prepare to face Wolves on Monday. Heading into the weekend fixtures, the Hammers sit fifth in the top-flight standings.

Table-topping Manchester City plus Manchester United and Leicester seem to have a Champions League place in the bag. And it appears as though West Ham are battling fourth-placed Chelsea along with Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton for the one remaining berth.

Moyes faced the press on Friday. He was asked the points total he felt his side required to make the Champions League.

But the former Everton chief preferred to reflect on what they have achieved than speculate on the future.

“I am looking at it but there are five or six teams in it,” he said. “Simple we take it one by one now but we were not expected to be in this position but we are going to try and do everything to stay in this position.

“And if that gets us into Europe then great if not we will still look at it as a good season.”

Moyes wary of wounded Wolves

Wolves have failed to replicate their success of 2019-2020 this term. Having finished seventh last season, they are currently down in 13th spot in the table.

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Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are nine points clear of the relegation zone and Moyes thinks they will be tough to beat.

“We have to be aware of wolves they are good on the ball and an all-around good team,” he added. “Maybe not doing as well as last season.

“But that’s what happens when you try to build but they have done great since coming into the Premier League and staying there.

“We have to try and be aggressive and defend well but at the right moment make sure we can attack and get forward as well.”

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And the 57-year-old tactician revealed that there has been little change to his injury list during the enforced break.

“We are still assessing them and getting them in drips and drabs we have a few knocks and bruises but I think everyone is still the same,” he added. “Arthur (Masuaku) is back playing but whether he is back match fit we have to question it. (Andriy) Yarmolenko is not fit he has been to see a specialist.

“(Angelo) Ogbonna is making good progress but not ready at this moment in time.”

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