Former West Ham United and England striker Dean Ashton has backed the Hammers to secure a top-four finish and to bring Champions League football to the London Stadium next season.

West Ham host Leicester City on Sunday afternoon in a clash between two of the current top four sides in the Premier League, quite a turnaround for the Hammers who were in a relegation battle this time last year.

Ashton believes recruitment has been the key to the transformation in the Hammers’ fortunes since David Moyes took the job for a second time in December 2019.

“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.,” Ashton said exclusively to 888 Sport

David Moyes on no transfer regrets, Mark Noble and Leicester
Pre-match press conference with West Ham manager David Moyes ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Leicester at home.


“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.

“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.”

“Crikey, what hasn’t Mark Noble given West Ham? He’s given absolutely everything he can. Not only in the way he conducts himself, but it’s not an act how much the club means to him. That was always clear to us as players.