Harry Redknapp believes that West Ham could be in with a shout of breaking into the top six of the Premier League this season and is upbeat about their prospects.
The Hammers have started the new league campaign with seven points in their opening four matches, as well as progressing through to the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals were the high-profile arrivals at the London Stadium in the summer transfer window to add an already talented squad.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is at the helm beginning his second year in charge and the team are starting to find some consistency in their performances.
They went into the international break on the back of three consecutive victories across all competitions and resume on Monday with a trip to newly-promoted Aston Villa.
Ex-West Ham manager Redknapp is impressed by his former club and feels they are in a great position to be successful this term.
“The two teams I can see pushing to break into the top six this year, if anybody, is West Ham and Leicester,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.
“It will be a tough game for West Ham [against Villa], but West Ham do look very decent this year. I think they are in for a good season.”
West Ham’s team on paper look one of the best equipped to try disrupt the elite six teams in the Premier League and in the process secure European football.
But inconsistency plagued them last season and it’s something they have to stamp out to fulfil their ambitions.
They have a forward line stacked with quality players that should prove too hot for Villa to handle in Monday, but defensively there is room for improvement to tighten up.
West Ham have a decent run of fixtures ahead of them where they should be looking to build on a decent start with a few more wins before the next international break.