The former Hammers forward revealed that when you consider how much money the club have spent on transfers and that Tottenham, as well as Manchester United, are in “transition” then why can’t the Hammers finish sixth or higher.
Connolly added that he thought the Hammers’ have really talented midfielders at their disposal before moving on to talk about the Premier League games this weekend.
“I think West Ham can look at this season and think we need to take this chance like Leicester have, Tottenham are in transition, Manchester United are in transition,” said Connolly on talkSPORT (17:45, Friday, October 4th).
“So can they get up there in that top-six? Why not? The money they’ve spent, they should be playing like Wolves and Burnley have down the years in the Europa League.
“I don’t see the reason why not, I mean they have a really talented midfield.”
Connolly doesn’t just believe West Ham have a chance of finishing in the top-six, he believes they should be based on the money spent on improving the club, and you have to wonder if Manuel Pellegrini has the same view. The Hammers finished 10th in the league in their 2018/19 campaign, 14 points behind sixth-placed Manchester United, so it would be some improvement to be able to leap up four places this season. This is especially the case when you consider the same old teams have finished in the top-six season after season in recent times. Also while Connolly points out how much the Hammers have spent on signings this season, there were two notable departures this summer. The Hammers got rid of Marko Arnautovic, who was the club’s top-scorer last season, and Javier Hernandez who was dripping in Premier League experience. While West Ham did spend £45million on signing Sebastien Haller, as per BBC Sport, and he has already racked up three goals, you do feel the Hammers should have signed a proven Premier League forward to cover them throughout the season as there’s no guarantee Albian Ajeti will be suitable cover if Haller gets injured.