West Ham missed the chance to close the gap on the Premier League’s top seven by conceding a last-minute equaliser at home to West Brom on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s men looked set to secure a seventh win in ten games when Manuel Lanzini fired them 2-1 ahead four minutes from time, yet Jonny Evans’ late header, which clipped Gareth McAuley on the way through, secured a point for the Baggies from an entertaining contest.
The result means that West Ham remain five points behind Tony Pulis’ men, but they did slip a place to tenth following Stoke’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Nonetheless, the Hammers’ recent upturn in form has been excellent, as they were just a place and a point above the bottom three following a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal on December 3, but have since won six of their 11 Premier League games, losing just three.
This has given some West Ham fans hope that they may be able to catch Everton in seventh, as seventh could turn out to be a European spot come the end of the season.
Bilic’s side have certainly shown enough in recent weeks to suggest that a winning run is possible, and here is the West Ham XI that could secure a European place this season…