‘Gone to another level’: Pundit says West Ham have proved him wrong

Lane Dias October 19, 2020
‘Gone to another level’: Pundit says West Ham have proved him wrong
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Former Scotland and Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness said West Ham United have “gone to another level” after a poor start to the season as proved by their thrilling 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, reports talkSPORT.

David Moyes’ side were three goals down after just 16 minutes in north London. However, the Hammers scored three times without reply in a 12-minute second-half spell to peg back Spurs.

The draw saw the east Londoners go three matches unbeaten in the league following victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.

They currently sit eighth in the table and, speaking after the match, Souness suggested the Irons should be a top six side.

European challenge

Speaking as a pundit for Sky Sports, Souness referenced the side’s shortcomings in recent seasons before stating the club should be doing better.

He said: “I see West Ham as a team that should be in the top six, definitely.

“Historically, they haven’t done it consistently but they should be – they’re a proper football club.”

The Hammers’ first-half performance against Spurs drew comparisons with their 3-0 opening-day defeat against Newcastle.

That loss was followed by a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal before the club went on its three-match unbeaten run.

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Sceptical of West Ham’s chances

Souness admitted he was sceptical of West Ham’s chances of getting points following their defeat to Newcastle. However, he said the club had improved a great deal to change their fortunes.

“After the first game of the season against Newcastle, I thought maybe they’d got their pre-season wrong because they didn’t look like a team that was ready for the first game,” Souness said.

“They looked weak, they didn’t get near Newcastle. Newcastle deserved to win.

“And then we put up the list of games that were coming up and you’re thinking, ‘where are they going to get points from?’

“It shows you how mad football is. Since the first game, they’ve gone to another level.”

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