West Ham United can eventually challenge the Premier League elite according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
The Hammers put a further dent in Liverpool’s title hopes with a superb performance in a 1-1 draw on Monday night.
In fact it may turn out to be a good point for the Reds such was the effectiveness of West Ham’s performance.
It came after a miserable few weeks for West Ham on and off the pitch.
Back-to-back Premier League defeats sandwiched a pathetic exit from the most wide open FA Cup in decades at the hands of League Two-bound AFC Wimbledon.
Victory over Arsenal in early January had put West Ham in the driving seat for a potential European spot.
Europe still the aim despite turbulence
That is still the aim for Manuel Pellegrini and his side.
Injuries may dictate otherwise, though.
Off the pitch some West Ham fans were disappointed the club did not do more to strengthen the squad in January.
Pellegrini has played the situation with a straight bat. But many supporters are concerned last summer’s £100 million splurge will be a one-off.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said West Ham can challenge the top six elite.
But only if owners David Sullivan and David Gold continue to think and dream big by backing Pellegrini in the transfer market.
Carragher says West Ham can dream of Champions League
“They’ve spent big money in the transfer market,” Carragher said on MNF.
“Now when you buy players like that, they want to play on the front foot, they want to play attacking football, they want to enjoy themselves.
“I think we’ve seen that at times this season from West Ham.
“But West Ham as a football club want to think big, they’re in a huge stadium, they’re spending big transfer fees, the owners want to push the club forward, can they push towards the Champions League?
Liverpool legend calls on owners to keep backing Pellegrini
“So they had to go out and get the manager they did. He’s a Champions League manager really throughout his career, he’s a manager at the top level.
“So that type of manager is going to play that type of way (attacking as a ‘big team’). At times it might hurt them defensively.
“But he’s (Pellegrini) got to try and get that mentality into the club (with good recruitment), onto the pitch and hopefully from their point of view that will push them closer to the top teams.”