Redknapp was in positive mood as he spoke about his old side, suggesting that the key for new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was to keep players fit and to inject some pace into the team’s attack.
West Ham’s difficult opening Premier League game of the season comes in just over a week, as the Hammers travel to Arsenal on their opening day.
“I think he’ll do well. They’ve got a good squad there and a decent group of players. Sam made some good signings last year and I think they look a good team,” he told talkSPORT.
“If the two front men stay fit this year, they’ll have some pace up front and I think they’ll be okay, I think they’ll be mid-table, I think they’ll be around tenth again.”
Keeping players fit
Keeping the entire squad fit for the entire season is going to be difficult.
What works in West Ham’s favour at the moment is that a large portion of the squad have already had competitive games in terms of the Europa League qualifiers.
That puts them ahead of their rivals in terms of where the players are with general fitness levels, which should give them an advantage over the first few weeks of the season.
However, Europe equipped with the domestic cup competitions is going to create a high ratio and turnaround of games for the club, with little recovery time in between.
That’s going to stretch the club’s medical department but if the Hammers can keep everyone free of serious injury, there’s no reason why the club can’t finish at least tenth as Redknapp suggests.