West Ham legend explains what Hammers must do to ‘move forward'

Tony Cottee has explained how West Ham United can move to the next level of success.

The Hammers have enjoyed a strong, if slightly mixed, season to date, but club legend Tony Cottee has told London24 what must be done if the club intend to keep moving forward.

Although hopes of European qualification look to be finished, the Hammers should secure a top 10 placing in the Premier League, and have enjoyed some exciting football this term. Sam Allardyce has brought a new-look vision to the Boleyn Ground and even if he leaves the club in the summer, he has started the club on a new path.

A move to the Olympic Stadium beckons and with the backing of co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who appear willing to spend big on the playing squad when required, the future looks bright for West Ham.

However, a late season dip in form has highlighted some weaknesses in the Hammers squad - mostly based around a lack of depth. After reaching the top four at Christmas, Allardyce has never looked capable of keeping the East London club in contention for a European place, and it is clear that his thin squad is partly to blame.

One would expect the Hammers to once again strengthen in the summer, although there are rumours that stars such as Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell could leave, as per the Mirror.

The loss of those key players could prove incredibly damaging to the Irons, and former striker Tony Cottee has told London24 that the only way West Ham can move forward is by strengthening the squad.

The club legend said: “I’d like to think that we can compete against the big boys. We have played well against them at home, but we need to keep strengthening if we are to move forward and I believe that we are getting there slowly, but surely.

“I have always been an advocate of little steps forward, improvement year on year and I firmly believe that we are moving in the right direction.”

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