We are now at the halfway point in this years Premier League season and it is all to play for in the 4 horse race for 4th spot . Tottenham Hotspur , Arsenal , West Ham United and Manchester United will be fighting to the last day for that last place in Champions League with Liverpool , Manchester City and Chelsea solidifying the top 3 . Money , attraction for new players and exposure all across Europe awaits . Who will get there though ?
Spurs have improved under world class manager Antonio Conte and with some better players that the Italian could easily attract to North London then Spurs could really be in a good position to finish in the top 4 and then push on next season . Harry Kane is slowly picking up some form . Heung Min Son is always reliable and a hard worker . Lucas Moura has been good . The defence has massive got better too . Lack of depth , Son`s recent injury and Spurs tendency to bottle important fixtures , they could be in trouble .
Mikel Arteta`s project is coming along nicely now with the back 5 fixing up Arsenals biggest problem of the past decade . A good balance of experience and youth has worked well so far however this could work against them as the inexperience in games often means Arsenal throw games they could’ve won . Lack of strikers also is an issue with Balogun on loan , Nketiah leaving , Lacazette out of contract and Aubameyang playing badly . A top striker in January could help them cross the line .
West Ham United
West Ham look like a real threat now under David Moyes . Michael Antonio , Declan Rice , Vladimir Coufal and Jarrod Bowen have been the stand outs . Fun to watch , West Ham have really benefited from the Soucek and Rice partnership running the show in most games . Their biggest problem is 100% upfront with no striker . Antonio has been good but has declined and is injury prone . Bowen has stepped up in recent weeks but if he goes too then this could be a real problem .
A season to forget for the Red Devils . It started with a Solkajaer team that was poor now under Rangnick the same issues remain and the team looks even more deflated . The additions of Varane and Ronaldo looked positive and set United up for a title challenge , however they look worse . A billion pound team that looks disjointed and all over the place . Their golden ticket though is of course Cristiano Ronaldo . One of the best to ever do it time and time again has dragged United and other teams out a hole and he obviously can do it again
The team that is most likely to get top 4 , is Spurs . They looked more solid and consistent of recent despite their exit for all but 1 competition . A few additions and they should be disappointed if they don`t get top 4 .