West Ham looking to worry the top four this season says David Gold

The Hammers have invested heavily and clearly have lofty ambitions.

West Ham United joint chairman David Gold has told the club’s official website that they are looking to worry the top four this season.

There have been big changes at the club this summer, with new manager Slaven Bilic having been brought in to replace Sam Allardyce, with the remit of bringing a better style of football to the club.

They have also invested heavily in a number of players, with signings such as Dimitri Payet clearly demonstrating the type of football that they want to bring in to Upton Park this season.

And the joint chairman says they are aiming to worry the top four, with him seeing no reason why they can’t compete with those big teams.

“I am confident we are going to have an exciting season,” he told whufc.com.

“Our ambition is to make the top four worried. With us moving to the new Stadium I am sure that is going to be the case. We are getting closer and closer and they will be looking over their shoulders.”

Fantastic fan base is key

The Hammers have however had a difficult start to the campaign, with them starting much earlier than everyone else courtesy of their Europa League qualifying campaign.

That ended disappointingly though as they were knocked out by minnows Astra Giurgiu, with Slaven Bilic having gone with a second string team and it costing them after they let a 2-0 lead slip in the first leg.

Despite coming up against such lowly sides in their qualifying ties, the West Ham fans turned out in their droves for the games, and Gold says the fan base will key to the club developing further.

“We have got a fantastic fan base and that is the key," he added. 

“The numbers have been proven and we had 100,000 fans coming to see the Europa League Qualifiers and that is unheard of. We are an ambitious football club with an ambitious manager.”

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