Carl Jenkinson has been superb since his loan move from Arsenal in the summer and he believes the current mentality at West Ham is the same as it was at his parent club.
The Hammers have had a phenomenal season thus far and have gone toe-to-toe with the Premier League’s so-called big boys and come out on top on more than a few occasions.
This new-found belief and ability to take the game to any opponent is a sure-sign that West Ham are on the up, plus the fact Jenkinson has said it’s the same as at Arsenal is a huge indicator to how far the Hammers have come this term.
“The mentality here is definitely the same as it was at Arsenal. I don't know if it was different here a couple of years ago, but we now go into these games knowing that we can win, because we have done it before this season and Sunday was another one we should have won,” Jenkinson told the official club website.
West Ham have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground and have been unlucky in their two fixtures against Manchester United, narrowly losing at Old Trafford before being denied a deserved victory on Sunday by a last-minute equaliser.
When the east London outfit are on their game, playing in a diamond system they are very difficult for any team to beat. They’ve only lost seven games all season, only Man United, Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea have lost fewer which speaks volumes of their quality.
Last term they just about climbed out of a relegation scrap and only managed to score 40 goals throughout the entire campaign; they looked like a team with absolutely no confidence. However after just 24 games this time around they sit in eighth on 37 points and with a whopping 36 goals which has given them a much needed swagger.
The new signings have been a major factor in this drastic improvement and now they have a mentality similar to a Champions League side, according to Jenkinson, which is going to stand them in good stead going into the business end of the season.
Chelsea and Southampton are the only two teams that have looked comfortable beating the Hammers, but against the latter West Ham put in probably their worst performance of the year.
On Wednesday evening Sam Allardyce’s outfit travel to St Mary’s giving them a great chance to end their dismal record there and show the rest of the division how far they’ve come since that 3-1 defeat to the Saints back in August.
They've been very consistent with their performances since that result and if they continue in the same vein for the rest of the season this winning mentality and attacking approach could land them in uncharted territory.