Teddy Sheringham Exclusive: Hammers To Finish Top Four
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Teddy Sheringham Exclusive: Hammers To Finish Top Four

Former West Ham United star Teddy Sheringham believes the Irons have what it takes to finish in the top four this season – and could even secure European silverware to boot. David Moyes’ men currently sit third in the table, after pulling off a sensational 3-2 victory over Liverpool on Sunday. And ex-England great Sheringham is confident that the Hammers can go on to attain Champions League football for the first time in their history.



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Moyes Doing A Great Job

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Everybody was expecting them to fall down at some stage (in 2020/21). And they kept going right to the end last year. 

“David Moyes is doing a fantastic job in getting them motivated to make sure that they produce their best football again, working as a team. 

“That is their main attribute, they’re working as a team. All understanding their jobs, attacking and defending, and I think they’ve been fantastic again. So yes, I do (think they will make the top four).”

European Success On The Cards

The Hammers’ success has not been limited to the domestic front either – they currently sit top of Group H in the Europa League, after winning three and drawing one of their first four fixtures.

Sheringham is confident that impressive continental form could take them all the way to May’s final in Seville, saying:

“Of course (they could win the Europa League), they’re looking good at the moment. 

“A lot of the teams over the years have struggled when they’ve come in to play in European football. 

“But obviously David Moyes has experience in these European games as well, so that would hold West Ham in good stead as well.”

Antonio In Great Form

A big part of the East Londoners’ success this season has been down to the form of frontman Michail Antonio, who already has seven goals and four assists in all competitions this term.

Unsurprisingly, Sheringham was effusive in his praise of the 31-year-old striker:

“He’s changed from a winger to a centre-forward,” he explained. 

“I don’t think he’s your sniffer that scores goals like a Robbie Fowler in and around the box, and tap-ins and actual exquisite finishes. 

“He’s more of a worker and grinds people down and bullies them, with power and pace, and scores – I know he’s scored some fantastic goals as well, like real quality, but his actual physique is a big, big plus for him and he uses that to the best of his abilities. 

“He knows what’s good for him and he overpowers the players in his manner and he definitely knows where the goal is as well. He’s an outstanding player for West Ham at the moment.”




International Call Up

Antonio could also be set to make a splash at international level, having received his first cap for Jamaica back in September.

He is in the Reggae Boyz squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers with El Salvador and USA, but Sheringham has questioned whether England missed a trick not capping the Hammers’ No.9:

“Of course (it’s a shame he is not playing for England). I mean, you want all the players that you can playing for your country,” he said.

“Whether he would have been given the chance with England, I don't know, but he’s performing at the top end of the Premier League at the moment, so you would have to look at him.

“I think he suits the way West Ham play, in as much as they’re an underdog type of team, and you don’t expect them. Maybe he would find it a little bit more difficult if he was playing for Liverpool or Manchester City, and you play against teams that are very defensive against you. 

“You have to break teams down in a different way. You get teams going to the London Stadium now, and they still hope to beat West Ham, so they press on. 

“Whereas the more West Ham stay up there and are a winning team, teams will come to defend and make it difficult for you to break them down. 

So that will be a different question mark on whether Michail Antonio can play in that manner as well. But he's good at beating teams on the break.”

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