By Dominic Toner
Cheikhou Kouyate believes that West Ham reach the top four this season.
The Senegalese midfielder believes that a combination of a good team spirit and the guidance of skipper Mark Noble can help the Hammers excel.
“We will play game-to-game because they are all very difficult,” Kouyate told the Sun on Sunday newspaper (page 68). “But we know nothing is impossible now in English football.
“The important thing is for everyone to focus on one thing and then if you fight together, then why can’t we qualify for the Champions League? The spirit here is very nice. Our captain Mark Noble has a great mentality, he motivates all out us.”
The Hammers ended up seventh-placed in the Premier League last year under Slaven Bilic, something they had not achieved since the 2001/02 season when they matched the finish.
The last time West Ham finished inside the top four of the top-flight was back in the 1985/86 season, when former player Tony Cottee was awarded with the Hammer of the Year prize.
Kouyate has already written his name into West Ham folklore after he scored the first two goals at their new Olympic Stadium in a 3-0 victory over NK Domzale.
The midfield powerhouse has made 76 appearances in all competitions for West Ham since joining from Anderlecht in 2014.
Club captain Noble has been at the London club all his career, asides from two brief loan spells to Hull and Ipswich, and has racked up 368 appearances for West Ham.
Noble previously told the Mirror that expectations for the club’s performances are now at an all time high and they can cope with the added pressure.
In star man Dimitri Payet they possess one of the most feared players in the league, but captain Noble could hold the key to West Ham’s league aspirations.
In other West Ham team news, David Gold claims that Payet could return in time for the Chelsea game.