David Moyes has not pulled any punches when assessing where West Ham are this season and stating the targets going into the 2nd half of the campaign.
Our Hammers have so far suffered an indifferent season, having struggled to integrate the new arrivals this summer, despite the club forking out circa £180m on the likes on Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta.
West Ham currently occupy 16th place in the Premier League and desperately need to turn form and results around fast, with many reporting that the boss has a period of 3-5 matches to save his job.
Despite the precarious position David Moyes finds himself in, the Scot is not fazed, and in fact has stated that he believes West Ham are firmly in a fight for European football rather than one to stay in the top flight.
“I think I’m in a European battle to try and get back into Europe, like we’ve done in the last two years,” a bullish Moyes told talkSPORT.
“I think that we’ve not been that far away in any of our results, and it sounds a long way away and it probably sounds farfetched at the moment.
“But I genuinely think we’re not that far away and expect us to get closer to the top than I do the bottom.
“Our pre-season targets have changed, because I was hoping that I would be in Europe, and I’m now saying that I want to still be challenging for Europe.”
The Hammers boss also poured cold water on the prospect of West Ham strengthening in January, despite the boss and club coming into heavy critisism last season for not acting in the market when additions were badly needed.
Moyes believes that the current squad is more than capable than making a serious challenge at the top end of the table and does not see much business taking place next month, unless injury forces the issue.
“I have to say the board did really well by us and spent a good amount of money in the summer,” added the Hammers boss. “We brought in nine new players, which is more than anybody would want to do, really.
“But we needed it because we’ve got a European campaign again and because of the amount of games we played in the year before. Even this season I think we’ve played more games than any other Premier League team at this stage of the season, so we needed to add those players.
“But January will probably be a no, unless we need something through injury or someone comes available. But, in truth, I don’t see us doing much business, no.”