Jamie Carragher says West Ham is ‘the place to be’ outside the top six but Gary Neville feels the Hammers have peaked under their current owners.
David Moyes has turned West Ham from relegation contenders to a genuine European outfit in just over two years.
The Scot has been widely praised for the minor miracle he has worked at the London Stadium having led West Ham to the Europa League semi-finals.
Arguably his biggest achievement has been helping to dissipate some of the toxic resentment from the fans towards the club’s owners.
The Hammers have become a side every club in the Premier League fears. A hard-working dangerous unit with some brilliant players at their heart such as Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.
There are signs that Moyes is slowly getting the better quality of player he has craved in the transfer market too.
The signings of £30m Nayef Aguerd, £35m Gianluca Scamacca and boyhood Hammer Flynn Downes mark a seismic shift in the recruitment strategy at West Ham.
Young, highly talented and sought after stars who can grow with the club.
There will be more to follow too it seems before the window closes. And there will have to be as clubs who stand still in the Premier League know they can be quickly and easily left behind.
West Ham could and should have secured back-to-back top six finishes last season but a final day defeat to Brighton – but more accurately their shallow squad – put paid to that.
Sixth and seventh place finishes for the Hammers is not to be sniffed at, though.
Particularly the sixth place finish, which was the result of the club’s record Premier League points total and should have ended in Champions League qualification as West Ham missed out on fourth spot by a solitary win.
Seventh last term secured what should be back-to-back European campaigns if the Hammers come through a two-legged Conference League qualifier this month.
The Premier League is back this weekend and attentions at West Ham now turn to the big question – ‘can we challenge the top six again?’.
Well the two big voices and opinions in Premier League football – whether some fans like it or not – are Sky Sports duo Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville.
The pair have been having their say on how they think West Ham might fare in the coming campaign on The Overlap Live Fan Debate.
In true psychopathic Sky Sports style, the duo spent 50 minutes discussing their company’s self-styled “Big Six” and just 40 minutes talking about the “other 14”.
And Carragher says West Ham is ‘the place to be’ outside the top six but Neville feels the Hammers have peaked under their current owners.
Jamie Carragher says West Ham ‘the place to be’ outside top six but Gary Neville feels Hammers have peaked under current owners
“It’s tough (to see West Ham break the top six this season),” Carragher said on The Overlap Live Fan Debate.
“I mean West Ham have had two of the best seasons they can have and it’s still difficult to get in there.
“You’re talking about top six, well they’ve done that before. And can one of the top six not be at their best and have a really poor season, of course they can and it’s happened in the past.
“And West Ham are the team right now who you look at as that team that can make that jump…
“I just think West Ham, outside the top six, is almost the team to be at right now, who – when you’re playing against them or you’re going away to West Ham – you think, or any of the top six are thinking, ‘it’s going to be a tough game this’.”
Neville is not so sure West Ham can do it as he feels they have gone as high as they can under the ownership of David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold.
“West Ham, with the owners they’ve got (compared to the likes of Newcastle and Everton), David Moyes is achieving the absolute height,” Neville said having responded ‘No’ very confidently when asked if the Hammers can make the top six.
“Coming back to your question, no they can’t do it.”
The predictions come after it was revealed West Ham spent more days in the top four than Man United and Arsenal last season – and most sickeningly nearly two months more than the side who did finish there, bitter rivals Spurs.