Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has suggested in The Daily Mail that many West Ham United fans would have been worried about getting relegated from the Premier League at the start of the season.
The Hammers have defeated Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home so far this campaign and find themselves third in the league table at the moment.
Slaven Bilic’s side are likely to lose that position as the season progresses, but they are certainly not going to be involved in a relegation dogfight.
Former Tottenham star Redknapp, though, believes that there were West Ham fans who feared for the club’s Premier League status at the start of the season.
“At the start of the year plenty of West Ham fans will have just been hoping to stay up to ensure they have Premier League football at the Olympic Stadium next year,” the Englishman wrote in The Daily Mail. “With 12 points they’re already a third of the way there.”
Redknapp’s comments are strange, especially as at the start of the season it was all about West Ham finishing in the top 10 or top eight.
That is still the club’s main ambition, and it is incredible that Redknapp thinks that there were West Ham fans who were worried about relegation.
The Hammers finished 12th in the Premier League last season, and that after a spectacular collapse in the second half.
Perhaps by ‘at the start of the year’ Redknapp is referring to the start of the calendar year (2015), but even then his comment about relegation sounds incredulous: the Hammers were in the top four at Christmas in 2014.