Declan Rice strongly believes West Ham United can still finish in the top six.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team have stuttered badly of late, failing to win any of their last six games in all competitions.
The Hammers have slipped down to 13th in the Premier League table, and have Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal to play after the international break.
It is not a good moment for the Hammers, but Rice is remaining positive about the situation.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s been very frustrating. I think every player is feeling the same, the manager is feeling the same.
“Our confidence was so high at the start of the season. We’re going through a little blip now, it happens to every team. It’s about how we get out of it.
“100 percent [West Ham can finish top six]. I think if you look from fifth to about 13th, there’s about four points between six or seven teams.
“So you just have to keep working hard.”
TBR’s view – West Ham have a lot to do
West Ham fans will appreciate Rice’s positivity, but Manuel Pellegrini really has his work cut out to mastermind a top-six finish.
The Irons have some quality players but realistically they won’t threaten unless they tighten up at the back.
The loss of Lukasz Fabianski is massive, with deputy Roberto not exactly inspiring confidence at the moment.
West Ham an outside chance, but they simply have to be more consistent and ensure they beat teams in the bottom half of the table.