Kurt Zouma believes that West Ham have “done well” this season, but acknowledges that there’s a lot of work to do in the last three games.

Somehow, despite being in abysmal form for the majority of 2024, West Ham are still in the race for European football. While it is now out of their hands, there is still a slim chance that they secure their fourth consecutive season of playing on Thursday nights.

Obviously it is disappointing that the Hammers were not able to capitalise on their excellent start to the season, but captain Kurt Zouma was eager to confirm that his side have not given up hope on achieving their goals for the campaign. “We’re feeling good, and we’re all going to give everything until the end of the season,” he told WHUFC.com. “We’re still fighting to qualify for Europe, and we’ve got three cup finals left.”

“Last week was a good result for us. We looked solid at the back and dangerous up front, particularly in the first half, and they’re a good side so we have to be pleased to have come back and got the point.”

“There are many other teams around us in the table doing well, but we have to just focus on preparing ourselves, work hard, take each game as it comes, and do everything we can to get as many points as possible.”

While it was once completely in their power to finish in the top 7, on the whole it is extremely positive that they were able to go fairly deep into the Europa League while also being there or thereabouts in the Premier League. “There have been ups and downs, but we’ve played well and followed our plan, and ultimately I think we’ve done well,” Zouma confirmed

“Football is my life, and I’m very lucky to be the captain of this amazing team, especially with a great group of players, top players, inside and outside the pitch. My focus now is on the last three games, then we will see where we are and how we can keep improving.”

Our Irons have three extremely difficult fixtures remaining. First, a trip to Stamford Bridge in a potentially season defining game for both teams, followed by a home match against Luton who will be fighting for their lives to stay up and, finally, a potential title decider away to Manchester City. In reality, the only way they can finish 7th is by winning all three, even then that may not be enough. It’s a big ask, but you can never put anything out of the question with this group of players.