West Ham United star Declan Rice has said that he wants his side to finish in the top six of the Premier League this season.

After five games, the Hammers are in eighth position on the league standings after having won two games, drawn two and lost one.

West Ham are so far looking like a team that can challenge for a place on the top half of the standings, though a top six finish as Rice suggests could be difficult.

“If you look at the players we’ve got, without a doubt we should be pushing for the top six,” said Rice as quoted by The Leicester Mercury. 

“We’ve started the season well, we could have gone third tonight.

“From the moment I came back in pre-season it was a very happy camp. We’re playing with that confidence, we’re defending hard.”

West Ham will have to compete with the likes of Leicester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the top six this season.

Wolves were also expected to potentially challenge for a top six position this season but they currently look more like a side that will have to battle to avoid relegation rather than push for a top six finish.

West Ham showed tremendous potential during the 2015/16 season under Slaven Bilic as they went on to finish in seventh position on the standings.

Their move to the London Stadium the following season raised expectations but they have so far failed to secure a move on the top half of the standings since the move.

They have had three managers since. There is renewed optimism that the Hammers can deliver this season under Manuel Pellegrini.

They do have one of the best sides on paper outside of the so-called top six. If the likes of Rice, captain Mark Noble and striker Sebastien Haller in particular can deliver, they can do well.