Fomer West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison has suggested why the future looks good for his old side.
Collison feels the club have done good work to secure key players on long term deals, with the Hammers still capable of securing European football by the end of the season.
“I think they have had an excellent season – They have struggled a little bit lately, but getting new deals for Mark Noble and James Tomkins, two of my old pals from way back, as well as Winston Reid, makes the future look really good,” he said.
The deals for Tomkins and Reid give manager Sam Allardyce a good core to build the rest of the backline around.
The deal for Reid was particularly significant, considering the speculation which surrounded his future and the possibility that he could have joined one of the club’s London rivals.
West Ham United co-owner David Gold mentioned Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as interested parties in the London Evening Standard, but the Hammers have retained the New Zealand international for the foreseeable future.
The deal for Noble also means that the team retains experience and a very popular player through the middle of the team.
It will be interesting to see if the club allows manager Sam Allardyce the opportunity to be the man who guides the side towards the bright future Collison describes.
He’s got them back into the Premier League and consolidated them in the top flight, but as of yet no agreement appears to be in sight.