Marlon Harewood has said that West Ham should be targeting a top six finish next season. The former Hammer was speaking to Love Sport Radio about what ambitions his former team should have.
Harewood was more than confident in West Ham’s ability to push on and into the upper echelons of the table. This may come as a surprise to many as the points difference between sixth and West Ham’s current position of 10th stands at 17 points.
Harewood said: “If you’re looking at West Ham, I was saying the top five, top six teams, they should be there in my opinion.”
This is high praise from the ex-forward but it may come with claret and blue tinted glasses. There is still a massive gap in terms of wealth and player quality between the top six and the rest of the league.
Harewood went on to say: “You’re saying where they should be thinking, I’m saying top five really. After the game against Liverpool, they can do it, so that’s my opinion.”
By using the game against Liverpool as a marker, it would suggest West Ham can compete with the biggest teams in the league. However, against teams around West Ham in the table is where they struggle.
In between the victory over Arsenal and draw to Liverpool, West Ham lost to both Wolves and Bournemouth in the league.
This lack of consistency is what will hinder the club from breaking into that top six. It is all well and good turning up against the big sides but if you can’t beat teams of similar ability then mid-table beckons.
After spending nearly £100 million in the last summer transfer window, it will take another significant investment to push on. With an ageing and injury-prone squad, Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to mould the club in his own image and push on into a European place.