Former England manager Glenn Hoddle feels West Ham are capable of finishing in the Premier League’s top six this season.
The Hammers were in a relegation battle in 2019/20, before escaping in the closing weeks of the season.
Now, Hoddle has told the Evening Standard he believes they can be European contenders.
Hoddle says he’s sure they can make it into the top ten, and said sixth is not out of the question in a bold prediction.
“I do not think they will be down the bottom or have that relegation fight they had last year,” Hoddle said of West Ham.
“David (Moyes) has got this back five working well for them. Michail Antonio has been outstanding, Sebastien Haller has come in and done his bit… there is a belief about West Ham.
“I can see them finishing in the top ten, without any shadow of a doubt. Maybe even sixth or seventh the way they have been going. They are very well organised and they have a nice balance. David is doing a good job.”
The top half, with a push to get into Europe on the cards, for West Ham? That was supposed to become the target on a regular basis when they moved to the London Stadium in 2016.
It hasn’t worked out that way, and when Moyes came back for a second spell at the club, it seemed as if he was going to be little more than a firefighter.
But this season it looks like he’s building a team which is secure at the back and carries a goal threat.
There’s a long way to go, but they shouldn’t be battling down at the bottom come May.
In this strange and frantic season, almost anything is possible. West Ham are capable of springing a surprise on the bigger sides and in Antonio, they have a striker capable of firing in the goals required to aim high.
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