The former Sky Sports presenter believes that that the Hammers will struggle under new manager Slaven Bilic this campaign.
While predicting that the London outfit will end up 15th in the league standings, Keys wrote on his personal website: “West Ham? They're what we saw in the second half of last season. Without Sam I'm convinced they'll struggle.”
Is Richard Keys being harsh on West Ham United?
West Ham struggled for points and for wins in the second half of last season, but they are an ambitious club aiming for a top-eight finish in the Premier League this campaign.
The London outfit have some very good players, and it will be a surprise if they end up in the bottom six.
A mid-table finish is a minimum requirement of Bilic, who will certainly want his West Ham side to finish in a European spot.