Former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp has fired a warning to the Premier League elite about his old club.
West Ham started the season in disastrous style with a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
But Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten since, including a resolute 0-0 draw at Aston Villa despite going down to 10 men last time out.
West Ham’s new found balance
West Ham’s improved form and new-found balance has seen many fans and pundits tip them to challenge for Europe.
And ex Hammers boss Harry Redknapp believes they can genuinely break into the top six.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Redknapp warned the established top six that West Ham could replace one of them this season.
And he praised the side Pellegrini is putting together at the London Stadium.
Redknapp warns top six Hammers are lurking
“Very good, very good (West Ham look),” Redknapp told talkSPORT.
“I like the look of West Ham. I think West Ham will certainly finish top eight this year (and) maybe I think if anyone is getting to the top six it’s going to be them or Leicester.
“They’re the two teams that could knock one of the big six out this year and West Ham they look very good, I’m really pleased.
“Yea I do (genuinely believe they’ve got enough to do it, I like what I’ve seen so far…I like the look of West Ham this year, they’ve got some great forward players as well, they look exciting.”
Redknapp affinity comes through loud and clear
Some West Ham fans have divided opinions over Redknapp.
The way he handled the Rio Ferdinand money while at the club and his decision to manage bitter rivals Tottenham angered some Hammers supporters.
But it is clear from the way he speaks that Redknapp still has a strong connection and affinity with his boyhood club.
Let’s just hope his prediction comes true.
The next test of West Ham’s top six credentials comes in the form of a team fighting to keep their place there, Manchester United, this Sunday.