Dean Ashton: West Ham can secure Champions League football under a revived Moyes

Former Hammer Dean Ashton says that David Moyes can bring Champions League football to East London by finishing in the top four this season.

With just seven games left for West Ham to secure a European place, Ashton believes that the top European competition is in their sights.

Speaking exclusively to 888 Sport, Ashton recognised the great job that the manager has done so far and is pleased with how he has revived his reputation.

He said: “It’s been pretty remarkable when you consider where they were when David Moyes came back for his second time. He’s changed a lot of people’s views on him as a manager after a very difficult time at Manchester United and other clubs.

“That shows not only his character but it’s impressive too how he’s gone in there and changed the player’s mentality. The recruitment has been very good and he has to take a lot of responsibility for that because clearly he’s had a lot of input to get the players he wanted to create the right environment.”

Ashton pulled no punches when it came to discussing the transfer policy at the club too.

He continued: “Recruitment has been pretty diabolical if I’m honest for the last fifteen years. There have been so many signings that haven’t come off and didn’t really suit West Ham as a football club and what the fans expect from their players. But the recruitment has been excellent in recent times.

“You look at the likes of Jarrod Bowen who is the kind of West Ham player you like to see with his work-rate and how he delivers. Then there’s Craig Dawson, Soucek and Coufal: these are players who, even if they’re not playing well, give absolutely everything, which is the minimum that’s required as a West Ham player. On top of that, they have shown the quality and consistency to be taken seriously in this top four race.”

Hoping injuries don’t play a serious part in the final run-in, the former Hammers striker added:

“I think the injury to Declan Rice is a badly timed one but of all those competing for the top four they have been the most consistent.

“So there’s no reason to think why they shouldn’t have every opportunity to make the top four.”

Dean Ashton predicts West Ham will finish in the top four, head to 888 Sport for the latest Premier League odds.

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