'A different team' - Jermain Defoe heaps praise on Sam Allardyce's West Ham

The former Hammers striker is delighted with the progress the club have made.

Jermain Defoe believes his former side West Ham United are 'just a different team' this season.

The ex-West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth striker admits he feared boss Sam Allardyce 'could be in trouble' earlier in his Upton Park reign.

But the Hammers, who are now fifth in the Premier League, have seen a transformation in form under the 60-year-old and Defoe is impressed with their 'amazing' campaign so far.

“They’re just a different team,” Defoe told the Daily Mirror. “Credit to the club with the signings they’ve brought in, they’re just a different team. They’ve got pace going forward and the manager has got it right.

“Sam is a good guy. He got a lot of stick, at one point I thought he could be in trouble but he’s a strong character, he has always been a strong character and he’s a good manager, experienced, he knows the game.

“What he’s done has been amazing. They’re a tough team, a tough team to beat, I think they’ll do well for the rest of the season.”

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