Many West Ham fans will surely be thrilled over the fact that former manager Harry Redknapp clearly is confident that Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a good chance of breaking into the Premier League’s top-six this season.
The former Hammers boss previously revealed on talkSPORT (8:16am, Thursday, June 27th) that West Ham could go close to finishing in the top-six, and he seems to have more faith in the club achieving that goal based on his latest claim.
Redknapp claimed that if anyone was going to break into the top-six this year then it would be the Hammers or Leicester City, with him seemingly already ruling out Everton and Wolves, and added that Pellegrini’s side would certainly finish in the top-eight.
“Very good (they’ve started well) I like the look of West Ham, I think West Ham certainly top eight this year if anyone is going to get into the top-six then it’s them or Leicester,” said Redknapp on talkSPORT (8:38am, Wednesday, September 18th).
“They’re the two teams who could knock one of the big six out this year, yeah they look really good.
“Yeah I do (does he genuinely believe that) I’ve liked what I’ve seen, I’ve not been to a game live yet but I’ve watched all the games on the box and yeah they look good, got some great forward players, they look exciting.”
In the 2018/19 season, Wolves and Everton finished above the Hammers, who ended up 10th, and it says a lot about how impressed Redknapp has been with West Ham after the first five games of the season, that he already thinks they are more likely to finish sixth than either of those two sides.
While Wolves and Everton haven’t got off to the best starts, Wolves currently sit in the relegation zone, it’s still bold to rate the Hammers above them as there have only been five games.
This is especially the case when you consider that West Ham were ripped apart on the opening day of the season by Manchester City as they lost 5-0 at the London Stadium.
However, Redknapp clearly believes that the Hammers being able to rack up two draws and two wins since then is enough to show they’re to be taken seriously this season.
Considering that West Ham finished 10th last season, many West Ham fans will surely be thrilled over how confident Redknapp is that Pellegrini can lead the Hammers to an even better finish.