West Ham United co-owner David Gold says he will be disappointed if the club don’t finish in the top half, while explaining that he is hopeful of doing even better.
Participating in a Q&A session on Twitter, the West Ham supremo was asked by a supporter of his season expectations following a busy summer in the transfer market.
Not one to shy away from lofty ambitions, Gold responded by stating that he will be disappointed if the club don’t make the top half despite the increased competition in the Premier League.
I will be disappointed if we don't finish in the top half of the table but I'm hopeful that we will do better. dg https://t.co/uzui4GKZ7n— David Gold (@davidgold) septiembre 3, 2015
The Hammers have made a number of additions this summer, with the most impressive being Dimitri Payet from Marseille and defender Angelo Ogbonna from Serie A champions Juventus.
It has been some outlay in terms of finance in East London, but it’s easy to forget that the new Premier League deal has allowed a number of other clubs to also splash the cash.
Assuming Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur claim the top six positions, competition will be tough for a fellow top half spot.
Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Swansea City have started the season superbly, while Stoke City, Southampton, Everton and arguably Newcastle United will also be targeting the top 10.
Gold’s comments may put added pressure on manager Slaven Bilic, though those stunning early victories at Arsenal and Liverpool may have done that anyway as the bar has certainly been raised.