Harry Redknapp shared he thought West Ham had a chance of breaking into the Premier League’s top-six next season.
Redknapp then added that he could envision one of last season’s top-six, dropping out, which means a spot would be up for grabs.
“I think West Ham are going to be closer next year, West Ham have bought a couple, made a couple of good signings,” said Redknapp on talkSPORT (8:16am, Thursday, June 27th).
“They could be a team that could certainly get close and I think next year we could see one of the big six dropping out.”
West Ham finished 10th last season, 14 points behind sixth-placed Manchester United so it’s not illogical to suggest that Pellegrini’s team could at least close the gap between them and the top-six in the upcoming campaign. This is especially the case when they’ve already added the services of Spanish playmaker Pablo Fornals to their squad this summer. The 23-year-old registered six assists and scored five goals in his 50 outings for Villareal last season, and could be the creative spark that helps fire the Hammers up the table. Fornals, who was involved with 10% of Villareal’s league goals in the 18/19 campaign, is definitely a player who boosts the Hammers’ chance of finishing higher; but he does need prolific strikers to create chances for. Marko Arnautovic scored 11 goals in his latest campaign to be the club’s top-scorer and could thrive with Fornals playing behind him, but the Hammers need more than one capable forward to rely on in case the Austrian suffers an injury. If one doesn’t arrive, then it may hurt the Hammers’ chance of breaking into the top-six.